Nine US citizens die in cartel attack in north Mexico

Mexico's top security official said on Tuesday that at least three women and six children were killed by cartel gunmen and one child was still missing in northern Mexico. Relatives said the victims are also US citizens, SIA reports referring to AP.

Security Secretary Alfonso Durazo said the gunmen may have mistaken the group's large SUVs for rival gangs. He said six children were wounded in the attack and five have been transferred to hospitals in Phoenix, Arizona.Relatives said the victims live in the La Mora religious community in northern Mexico, a decades-old settlement in Sonora state founded as part of an offshoot of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.They said the group was attacked while travelling in a convoy of three SUVs. The asked not to be named for fear of reprisals.The relative said he had located the burned-out, bullet-ridden SUV containing the remains of his nephew's wife and her four children – twin six-month-old babies and two other children aged 8 and 10.The US Embassy did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Mexico's federal Department of Security and Citizens' Protection said late on Monday that security forces were reinforced with National Guard, army and state police troops in the area following "the reports about disappearance and aggression against several people."The troops were searching for the missing community members, believed to include 11 children or more.

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