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World Mexico makes arrests in massacre of American women, children: minister

22:50  11 november  2019
22:50  11 november  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico has made an unspecified number of arrests over last week's massacre of three women and six children of dual U.S-Mexican nationality in the north of the country, Security Minister Alfonso Durazo said on Monday.

The interior of a bullet-riddled vehicle belonging to one of the Mexican-American Mormon families that were killed by unknown assailants, is pictured in Bavispe, Sonora state, Mexico November 5, 2019. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez© Reuters The interior of a bullet-riddled vehicle belonging to one of the Mexican-American Mormon families that were killed by unknown assailants, is pictured in Bavispe, Sonora state, Mexico November 5, 2019. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez

"There have been arrests, but it's not up to us to give information," Durazo told reporters in Mexico City.

The women and children from families of U.S. Mormon origin who settled in Mexico decades ago were killed last Monday on a remote dirt road in the state of Sonora by suspected drug cartel gunmen, sparking outrage and condemnation in the United States.

Authorities home in on criminal group as possible culprit in massacre of Americans

  Authorities home in on criminal group as possible culprit in massacre of Americans Nine members of an American family, including six children, were killed in northern Mexico on Monday.The family was traveling in a small convoy of three vehicles between the states of Sonora and Chihuahua when they were ambushed by an armed group on Monday, according to Mexico's security minister, Alfonso Durazo.

Durazo said that prosecutors in Sonora, as well as at the federal level, were in charge of the investigation.

However, a spokeswoman for the state government of Sonora said: "We don't have that information."

Mexico's government has said it believes the victims were caught in the midst of a territorial dispute between an arm of the powerful Sinaloa Cartel and the rival Juarez Cartel.

On Sunday, Mexico's government said it had asked the FBI to participate in the investigation into the killings.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Mexico's Security Minister Alfonso Durazo attends a news conference on the killing of Mexican-American families belonging to Mormon communities in the state of Sonora, at National Palace in Mexico City© Reuters/LUIS CORTES Mexico's Security Minister Alfonso Durazo attends a news conference on the killing of Mexican-American families belonging to Mormon communities in the state of Sonora, at National Palace in Mexico City (Reporting by Lizbeth Diaz; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

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