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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

Mormon Massacre in Mexico May Be Tied to Gang War, Officials Say

  Mormon Massacre in Mexico May Be Tied to Gang War, Officials Say A conflict between two criminal groups fighting for control of a region in northern Mexico is a focus of the authorities in their investigation into the massacre of nine members of a Mormon family, officials said Wednesday. Gen. Homero Mendoza Ruiz, Mexico’s chief of staff for national defense, said that before the family was attacked on Monday, the groups had a shootout in the town of Agua Prieta, on the border with the United States. At least one person died and another was wounded. The authorities identified the groups as Los Salazar, based in the state of Sonora, and La Línea, based in the neighboring state of Chihuahua.

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.

Mexico Mormon attack: Family and authorities piece together what happened to mothers and children in massacre

  Mexico Mormon attack: Family and authorities piece together what happened to mothers and children in massacre All that was left for family members to sift through when they arrived at the scene of a massacre in Mexico on Monday were ash, bones and a car -- ablaze and riddled with bullet holes. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Just that morning, they had seen the three women and their 14 children off to visit family, traveling together for safety. Now, loved ones and investigators are piecing together what happened in the remote mountains where the women and six of their children were killed.

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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