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Gunmen in Mexico ambushed a convoy of SUVs carrying U.S. citizens, killing three women and six children and then setting them on fire, ABC News can report.

The victims, from a community in northwestern Mexico formed by members of a breakaway group from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, were traveling between the states of Sonora and Chihuahua when they were attacked in broad daylight Monday by unknown gunmen, Mexican officials said.

The victims are members of the LeBaron family, linked to a breakaway Mormon community that settled in Mexico several decades ago.

Officials are not yet sure why the convoy was targeted. Mexican Security Minister Alfonso Durazo, however said the convoy may have been mistaken for members of one gang fighting another for control of the area’s drug trafficking routes.

Sonora state in northern Mexico is being fought over by two rival gangs, La Línea, which has links to the larger Juárez cartel, and “Los Chapos”, which is part of the Sinaloa cartel.

Family members who have spoken to the New York Times newspaper say two of the children killed were less than a year old.

In a tweet President Donald Trump described the victims as a group of “wonderful family and friends” who “got caught between two vicious drug cartels, who were shooting at each other”.

Mr Trump further indicated that that the time has come for the US and Mexico to team up and wage war on the drug cartels and eliminate them completely.

“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. We merely await a call from your great new president!,” he wrote.

Source: ABCNewsgh.com

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