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Official says arrests made in killings of US citizens in Mexico

Family photos and flowers adorn the coffins that contain the remains of Rhonita Miller and her four children victims of a drug cartel ambush that left three women and six children dead, during their wake in La Mora, Mexico, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. As Mexican soldiers stood guard earlier in the day, Dawna Ray Langford and her two sons were laid to rest together, just as they died together Monday when attackers fired a hail of bullets at their SUV. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)

MEXICO CITY – Mexico’s top security official said arrests have been made in last week’s killings of nine U.S. women and children by suspected cartel gunmen.

Security Secretary Alfonso Durazo did not say how many people have been arrested or give any information on what organization they belong to.

His department did not respond to requests for further information Monday.

Authorities believed Mexican drug cartel hit men carried out the killings.

An unidentified suspect was taken into custody last Tuesday, a day after the Nov. 4 the ambush attack in the Mexican state of Sonora. The suspect had been found in Agua Prieta, just across the border from Douglas, Arizona.

When found, the unidentified person had two hostages bound and gagged inside a vehicle and numerous assault weapons, the Agency for Criminal Investigation said in an online post.

That person was later ruled out as a suspect in the deaths of the Americans.

The victims were dual U.S.-Mexican citizens, members of Mormon communities in northern Mexico not affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

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