14 dead after El Salvador gangs attack buses: police


SAN SALVADOR — Fourteen people were killed after suspected Mara 18 gang members attacked two buses in El Salvador, police officials said.

In the first attack on the outskirts of San Salvador, arsonists thought to be Mara 18 members set fire to a minibus, killing 11 passengers, Roberto Villalobos, a top commissioner with the national civil police, told AFP.

In the second incident, suspected Mara 18 members boarded a public bus in the same area and opened fire on its passengers, killing an adult and two girls, aged seven and nine.

“There are no clear motives” for the incidents, Villalobos said, adding: “It seems that the gang wanted to prove something to authorities, for the actions being taken against gangs and crime.”

Since late last year the government of President Mauricio Funes has cracked down on violent gangs in the country, sending a 4,000-strong contingent of troops onto the streets to reinforce police in providing security.

El Salvador is currently suffering a brutal gang culture that leaves on average some thirteen people murdered each day, along with dozens of cases of armed robbery.

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1 Comment for “14 dead after El Salvador gangs attack buses: police”

  1. Park

    Nothing will happen, just like evihtyreng Obama or his appointees have done they will skate on this one too. They already have the legalities worked out before these things happen. People say Obama is stupid well, that just isn\’t the case he is a very intelligent man that knows how to skirt the law to get his ideologies put in place. Take him for a dummy at your own peril.

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