Gunmen in Mexico kill at least five, including two infants

The victims belonged to the US' LeBaron family, according to local media.
The victims belonged to the US' LeBaron family, according to local media. Photo credit: Getty

At least five members of a family in northern Mexico, including two infants, were killed on Monday (local time) in an attack by unknown gunmen, a government source and local media said, in the latest case of grisly violence to hit the country.

Mexican media reported that the victims belonged to the LeBaron family, associated with a break-away Mormon community that settled in northern Mexico decades ago, and that the dead as well as additional missing family members may all be US citizens.

The governments of Chihuahua and Sonora states, both of which border the US, issued a joint statement late on Monday saying an investigation into the incident had been launched and that some people were presumed dead and others missing.

It was noted in the statement that additional federal and local security forces were being sent into the area near the border between the two Mexican states, but it did not provide further details.

Local television showed images of a burnt out vehicle that may have belonged to the family, and local activist and family member Julian LeBaron was quoted as describing the incident as a "massacre," adding that some family members were burnt alive.

The press office of the US embassy in Mexico did not immediately respond to requests for more information after hours.

Christopher Landau, the US Ambassador to Mexico travelled to Sonora earlier on Monday for work meetings, he posted on Twitter.


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