Mexico Arrests Suspects in Killing of Mormon Women and Children

Mexico's Security Minister Alfonso Durazo

Mexican Security Minister Alfonso Durazo said on Monday the government had made a number of arrests in the killing of three Mormon women and six children, all dual Mexican-U.S. citizens, last week.

Durazo told reporters in Mexico City:

“There have been arrests, but it’s not up to us to give information.”

The group was part of a Mormon enclave who settled in Mexico decades ago.  They were killed last week by suspected members of a drug cartel.  Surviving children reported that one of the women got out of a vehicle and waved her arms in surrender, only to be shot.

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

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.

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