Officials say 9 United States citizens killed in northern Mexico attack — GRAPHIC

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Twin four-month-old babies were among the dead. Under the circumstances, I think they are being champs."A 7-month-old girl, Faith Johnson, was also among the survivors.Her mother, 29-year-old Christina Langford Johnson was killed in the attack.Miller said the baby was found in her vehicle seat, uninjured.She is now back in La Mora with her grandmother".

The victims are part of the LeBaron family, members of which have lived in northern Mexico for decades since splitting off from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints following its move away from polygamy. The victims had set out to see relatives in Mexico; one woman was headed to the airport in Phoenix to meet her husband.

"Lately it's getting worse". "The U.S. must work with Mexican officials to hold accountable those responsible for this senseless violence".

US President Donald Trump described the victims as "great American people" and urged Mexico to wage war on drug cartels. Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador told reporters that the attack happened at 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

The auto Rhonita departed in broke down, Ms Miller said, so the group reportedly turned back to get another and set off again.

The governor of the state of Sonora, Claudia Pavlovich, took to Twitter last night to condemn the attacks. Many are dual US-Mexican citizens. It was an ambush by one of Mexico's most violent criminal groups. In 2009, Benjamin LeBaron, an anti-crime activist who was related to those killed on Monday, was slain in 2009 in Chihuahua state. Six children survived the attack. "She gave her life to try and save the rest".

Christina Langford Johnson, 31, Rhonita LeBaron, 33, and Dawna Langford, 43, were the three mums killed in the attack, according to The Sun. Some were trapped in a burning auto while one child was shot dead while trying to flee the scene. Another girl, who was initially listed as missing, walked off in another direction, despite her gunshot wounds, to get help. They were "burnt to a crisp", the relative said. Authorities said the Chevy Tahoe's gas tank had apparently been hit by gunfire and exploded.

The relative said "We're guessing right now, but we believe it was a case of mistaken identity".

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On Tuesday morning, President Trump tweeted angrily about the ambush.

"The grew 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!", he added.

Obrador also said he meant to contact U.S. President Donald Trump later in the day.

Still, it was the second failure in recent weeks for López Obrador's "hugs not bullets" anti-crime strategy. The most notable incident was a military-style cartel assault that forced the government to release a leader of the Sinaloa Cartel in October.

According to CNN, authorities had not been able to confirm the number of victims.

Kendra said her brother Andre was on the mountain road near La Mora when he saw a fire in the distance where the caravan of three cars was attacked. "Then took all the other woman and children hostage".

The first relative to arrive to the scene reported seeing dozens of gunmen surrounding the vehicles and attributed the indiscriminate slaughter to cartel violence.

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