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Mexican security minister Alfonso Durazo confirmed reports of the murder of 9 American citizens less than 100 miles from the Arizona border Monday afternoon, six of them children.
The group, a family living in a Mormon community in the Mexican state Senora was ambushed by an armed group while traveling from the town of Galeana in Chichuahua state to Bavispe in Sonora state between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. local time, according to Mexico's security minister, Alfonso Durazo.
The area where the attack took place is of territorial dispute by several cartels, and it's possible the family's convoy of cars was mistaken for one, Durazo said at a press conference Tuesday morning.
Three women and six children were killed in the ambush. Six other children survived the massacre and were left injured, while another remains missing.
While the Mexican Government has tolerated their cartels putting their population though a meat grinder in recent decades, things change when that violence takes American lives. If the Mexican government is actually in charge, then they need to get their house in order. If they aren't in charge and the cartels have taken over, then someone else is going to have to fix the problem.