Bus attack in Mexico leaves 7 dead, 3 from U.S.

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PACHUCA, Mexico (AP) — Three U.S. citizens are among the seven bus passengers who died in shooting attacks on three buses in the northern Mexico state of Veracruz.

An official of the neighboring state of Hidalgo says the U.S. victims were a mother and her two daughters returning to Mexico to spend the holidays with relatives.

Hidalgo state regional assistant secretary Jorge Rocha said Friday the women were originally from the Huasteca region where the shooting occurred Thursday.

A U.S. embassy official confirmed the women's nationalities, but could offer no information on their ages or hometowns. The official was not authorized to be quoted by name.

Five gunmen who allegedly carried out the attacks were later killed by soldiers.