TRUMP CALLS TO WAGE WAR: At Least 9 US Citizens – MOST Children – Murdered In Cartel Attack In North Mexico

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At least three women and six children, all apparently U.S. citizens, were slaughtered by drug cartel gunmen in northern Mexico, officials said Tuesday. Six children were found alive, one child had a bullet wound and one child was still missing.

Mexican Security Secretary Alfonso Durazo said the gunmen may have mistaken the group’s large SUVs for rival gangs. He said at least five children have been taken to Phoenix, Arizona for treatment.

The slaughter of U.S. citizens on Mexican soil quickly became an international issue, with U.S. President Donald Trump tweeting, “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.”

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador refused that approach, saying at a Tuesday news conference, “The worst thing you can have is war.”

“We declared war, and it didn’t work,” Lopez Obrador said, referring to the policies of previous administrations. “That is not an option.”

Still, it was the second failure in recent weeks for López Obrador’s “hugs not bullets” anti-crime strategy. Two weeks ago, Mexican troops had to release a drug lord after his supporters mounted armed attacks in Culiacan, Sinaloa.

“The United States stands ready, willing & able to get involved and do the job quickly and effectively,” Trump tweeted. “The great new President of Mexico has made this a big issue, but the cartels have become so large and powerful that you sometimes need an army to defeat an army!

A relative said the victims lived in the hamlet of La Mora in Sonora state, a decades-old settlement founded as part of an offshoot of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

La Mora is about 70 miles (110 kilometers) south of Douglas, Arizona. Many of the church’s members were born in Mexico and thus have dual citizenship.

The group was attacked while travelling in a convoy of SUVs. The relative 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 6-month old babies and two other children aged 8 and 10.

“The mafia vehicles got her and four of her kids, and then set their vehicle on fire, burnt them to a crisp,” said the relative.

Two women and two other children were later found dead.

“A wonderful family and friends from Utah got caught between two vicious drug cartels, who were shooting at each other, with the result being many great American people killed, including young children, and some missing,” Trump wrote.

Durazo said police, soldiers and the National Guard were searching the rural, mountainous area on the Sonora-Chihuahua border for the missing child.

The relative said “We’re guessing right now, but we believe it was a case of mistaken identity. They just opened fire on the vehicle because it was an SUV.”

Durazo said the Sinaloa cartel had an important presence on the Sonora said, but that a rival cartel was trying to invade the territory from the Chihuahua side.

The relative said he saw cartel gunmen gathered about a mile away after the ambush. “The cartels from Sonora, there were probably 50 or 60 of them, armed to the teeth.”

Another relative, Julian LeBaron, said on his Facebook page that one of the dead woman was Rhonita Maria LeBaron.

Jhon LeBaron, another relative, posted on his Facebook page that his aunt and another woman were dead. He also posted that six of his aunt’s children had been left abandoned but alive on a roadside.

It would not be the first time that members of the break-away church had been attacked in northern Mexico, where their forebears settled — often in Chihuahua state — decades ago.

In 2009, Benjamin LeBaron, an anti-crime activist who was related to those killed in Monday’s attack, was murdered in 2009 in neighboring Chihuahua state.

(AP)




12 COMMENTS

  1. Mexico has the strictest gun control laws on the planet. Democrats goal is to turn US into Mexico by disarming law-abiding Americans and and flood US with illegal border crossers. Build the wall NOW.

  2. MoisheInGolus is correct. The excuse that Mexico gives is that guns are smuggled into Mexico from the US. Build the wall, stop the smuggling of guns into Mexico. Walls work both ways.

  3. Strange he wasn’t very concerned about the deaths of Otto Warmbier, Khashoggi and certainly the Kurds.
    These murderers should certainly be brought to justice, but Mexico must call the shots, it happened there.

  4. MIG:

    If the Dems get anywhere near the WH, the wall will be meaningless, because the border crossings will be opened up. The migrants will then be welcomed into USA, offered every entitlement program “courtesy of the Dems”, and permitted to vote. Wall becomes unneeded, unless we are trying to stop wild horses from entering Texas.

  5. > rt

    Just which administration negotiated the release of Otto Warmbier – and which administration did nothing for over a year? The others are not American citizens. And in any case, none of them border on the United States which suffers the “spill over” from these gangs.

  6. Only rEtARD can equate death of radical jihadi Jew-hating cockroach Khashoggi who happened to be the best buddy with Osama bin Laden with the murder of innocent American family. I guess rt is missing Khashoggi’s pro-jihadi columns in WAPO.

  7. The slaughter of these people is heartbreaking. But it would be just as heartbreaking to send American soldiers off to a war with the cartels on Mexican soil. The LaBarons (generations of them) left the US to settle in MX in order to practice polygamy. Some fled the US when they they were being charged with marrying minors in violation of the law.

    Amazing Warmbler gets murdered by the Koreans and the President is in love with their dictator. Kashoggi gets murdered by the Saudi’s (who flew planes into the twin towers) and the President gives them arms. Someone make sense of this.

  8. In short:
    Khassogi was a terrorist thug.Suddenly Saudi Arabia is on the minds of TDS’ers although they cut people’s hands off, executed and hanged opponents and abused women for decades.
    Warmbier was under the Kenyan’s watch.
    The brilliant POTUS is playing Kim Fat Chung Pu like a charm with a straight face but giving him nothing but sanctions hoping to squeeze him…Every other US prez gave him everything.. Amazing that the average deplorable knows all this , but the smart sophisticated elite lefties know didley…

  9. Amil Zola , what is your point? The polygamists deserve to be executed by Mexican narco-terrorists? And why you leftists still crying crocodile tears over cockroach Kashoggi?

  10. MIG, my point is my nephews and nieces should not be shipped off to fight a war against narcos. It’s bad enough some are languishing at our southern border rather than assisting the recovery of PR or fighting wild fires in the US. (Tasks typically assigned to our National Guard). My point also includes the fact that the LaBarons aren’t some saints. The article ignores the fact that the FLDs in MX do not have US birth certificates. The FLDs do not honor the BCs of our nation, or its authority. Let the FLDs mount an army to defend it people in MX with the assistance of the Mexican govt.

  11. Amil Zola, all your demagoguery is irrelevant in light of this bloody execution of innocent American family. It is so typical of leftists to blame the victims.