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Drug cartel gunmen kill Mormon babies in roadside ambush

Victims: Members of the LeBaron family who were killed, including six-month-old twins, a ten-year-old girl and a boy aged 12

AT LEAST nine US citizens, including six-month-old twins, have been killed in an ambush by suspected drug cartel gunmen in Mexico.

They were among 17 members of a Mormon group travelling in a convoy of cars when they were attacked after one of their vehicles stopped with a flat tyre.

Three women and four children aged 12, ten, six and four — plus the twins — were murdered. Seven other youngsters managed to escape.

A burnt-out, bullet-riddled SUV was later found at the roadside with the remains of some victims.

Targeted: Burnt-out SUV was among the three-vehicle convoy in Mexico

There were reports that others were shot at as they tried to flee.

The group were all members of the LeBaron family, a breakaway Mormon community living in Mexico.

They had set off from Bavispe in Sonora state and were heading to La Mora in neighbouring Chihuahua when they were ambushed. It was not immediately clear what motivated the attack.

Mexico’s security minister said it could have been a case of mistaken identity. However, the LeBaron community was known for standing up to local drug gangs and speaking out about the high levels of cartel violence.

Family members believe it was an attempted kidnapping.

Several took to social media following the ambush. They described horrific scenes, including how gunmen opened fire on a child running away while others burned to death inside the torched SUV.

Other children managed to escape and hide by the roadside. One of the mothers was shot in the chest as she put her hands up to surrender. Relatives also fear some of the victims may have been raped.

Last night, Donald Trump tweeted: ‘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.’