#AceNewsReport – Nov.06: Mexican authorities say they detained a heavily armed person close to where an ambush, which killed nine Americans, took place: His involvement in the attack is unclear. Sources tell CBS News that the victims may have been targeted by a drug cartel. Mark Strassmann reports.
Sources tell CBS News that the victims may have been targeted by a drug cartel. Mark Strassmann reports. November 06, 2019 at 12:24PM: https://ift.tt/32nyVer
Donald Trump urges Mexico to ‘wage war’ on drug cartels following Mormon massacre
yesterday at 8:33pm
Gunmen have killed nine women and children in the bloodiest attack on Americans in Mexico for years, prompting US President Donald Trump to offer to help the neighbouring country wipe out drug cartels believed to be behind the ambush.
- The family were part of a Mormon sect that settled in northern Mexico in the 1920s
- Cartel-led violence has gripped Mexico for almost a decade, intensifying in recent weeks
- Mormons in northern Mexico have routinely been subject to kidnappings
All nine people killed in Monday’s daytime attack at the border of Chihuahua and Sonora belonged to the Mexican-American LeBaron family, members of a breakaway Mormon community that settled in northern Mexico’s hills and plains decades ago.
A video posted on social media showed the charred and smoking remains of a vehicle riddled with bullet holes that was apparently carrying the victims on a dirt road when the attack occurred.
“This is for the record,” says a male voice speaking English in an American accent, off camera, choking with emotion.
“Nita and four of my grandchildren are burnt and shot up.”
The cousin of one of the victims, Taylor Langford, said helpless families were being innocently killed in a “whole new level of cartel violence”.
The ABC was unable to independently verify the video.
Mexican Security Minister Alfonso Durazo said the nine, travelling in several SUVs, may have been victims of mistaken identity, given the high number of violent confrontations among warring drug gangs in the area.
‘Time to wage war’: Trump
Under Mr Trump, the United States and Mexico have often been at odds over trade, the US President’s anti-immigration rhetoric, and his plans to build a wall on their common border.
But Mr Trump has praised Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, his Mexican counterpart who took office 11 months ago, for helping to reduce the flow of Central American migrants to the United States.
Mr Trump tweeted that he would await a call from Mr Lopez Obrador, urging him to accept US assistance.
Mr Lopez Obrador said he would call Mr Trump on Tuesday about ways to cooperate on security but rejected what he called any foreign government intervention.
“I’ll speak with President Trump to thank him for his support, and to see if in cooperation agreements there’s the possibility of getting help,” he told a news conference. “I don’t think we need the intervention of a foreign government to deal with these cases,” he added.
Mr Trump wrote on Twitter: “The great new President of Mexico has made this a big issue, but the cartels have become so large and powerful that you sometimes need an army to defeat an army!”
“This is the time for Mexico, with the help of the United States, to wage WAR on the drug cartels and wipe them off the face of the earth.”
Mexico has used its military in a war on drug cartels since 2006. Despite the arrest or killing of leading traffickers, the campaign has not succeeded in reducing drug violence and has led to more killings as criminal groups fight among themselves.
The government has registered more than 250,000 homicides in the last dozen years, most of them related to the drug war.
Mormon community caught in cartel’s firing line
The LeBaron family had belonged to a breakaway Mormon community that settled in the hills and plains of northern Mexico decades ago.
The group broke away from mainstream Mormons when the church abandoned polygamous marriages.
In 2010, two members of the Chihuahua Mormon community, including one from the LeBaron family, were killed in apparent revenge after security forces tracked drug gang members.
The Mormons had suffered widespread kidnappings before that.
US ambassador to Mexico Christopher Landau, who travelled to Sonora earlier on Monday for unrelated work meetings, said he was following the incident closely.
“The security of our co-nationals is our great priority,” he said on Twitter.
The US embassy in Mexico did not immediately respond to a request for more information after hours.
#AceNewsDesk reports …………….Published: Nov.06: 2019:
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