in Mexico, president weakened after another barbaric massacre

Donald Trump proposed to his Mexican counterpart, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, an intervention of the US military, after the murder of three women and six Mormon children, by drug traffickers.

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Near Bavispe, on the crime scene, Wednesday, November 6, 2019. Marco Ugarte / AP

The Mexican military on Wednesday (November 6th) confirmed the involvement of a drug cartel in the chilling slaughter two days earlier of three women and six Mormon children in northwestern Mexico. This barbaric assassination weakens President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador ("AMLO"), whose security strategy is challenged in the face of soaring violence linked to organized crime. So much so that his American counterpart offered him, Tuesday, the military assistance of the United States.

"I thank President Trump (…)but we do not need help, " replied the following day, AMLO, on behalf of the "Sovereignty of Mexico". The two successive ambushes, which occurred on Monday, November 4, the members of a Mormon community aboard three vans in the state of Sonora, plunged the two countries in turmoil. These women and children with dual nationality, Mexican and American, Donald Trump reacted, as early as Tuesday morning on Twitter, to the tragedy: "It's time for Mexico, with the help of the United States, to declare war on drug cartels and wipe them off the face of the earth. " A salvo suggesting that the Mexican government remains powerless against the strength of the cartels.

Their cruelty is cold on the back: Monday, around 9:40, a first truck was targeted at the heavy weapon. The driver and her four children – an 8-year-old boy, a 6-year-old girl and 6-month-old twins – were all charred by the blast, authorities said, due to heavy gunfire. An hour and twenty minutes later, two other vans, carrying two women and eight miners, were riddled with bullets, in turn, a little further. The two female drivers and two children, about ten years old, died instantly. The others survived, including a 9-month-old baby. His mother saved him by hiding him in his vehicle before succumbing to his injuries. The others owe their greetings to the heroism of the oldest (13 years old) who camouflaged them behind shrubs before walking for six hours to his community to ask for help. The five survivors, some shot and wounded, were taken to a hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. They are out of danger.

"Confusion" on the part of the killers

One of the deceased female drivers is a cousin of Julian LeBaron, the famous Mormon leader who has been campaigning against mafia violence since the assassination of his brother in 2009 in the neighboring state of Chihuahua. The first elements of the investigation implicate the regional gang "La Liña", linked to the cartel of Juarez. But the general, Homero Mendoza, confirmed Wednesday the track of" a confusion " from the killers of La Liña. The latter would have taken Mormon cars for those of their rivals, Los Salazar, linked to the cartel of Sinaloa. Both gangs are waging a bloody war for control of this strategic area of ​​drug trafficking to the United States.


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