Man arrested in Mexico highway ambush is no longer a suspect, authorities say

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Preliminary information indicates that the man arrested Tuesday is not linked to the killings of nine American citizens, including six children, a Mexican official said.

A man arrested Tuesday in the Mexican border city of Agua Prieta with a cache of weapons was not involved in the killings of nine U.S. citizens, Mexican officials say, as pressure mounted on the government to make an arrest.

Alfonso Durazo, a public security official, said Wednesday that preliminary information indicates that the suspect detained Tuesday is not linked to the attack, The Associated Press reported. NBC News was not immediately able to independently verify the AP report.

Earlier, criminal investigators in Mexico had said the suspect — who was found with multiple assault weapons on him and two hostages in his captivity — may have participated in Monday’s brutal highway ambush, which killed three women and six children, including two infants.

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