El Salvador’s intractable gang violence

A new wave of gang violence in El Salvador is prompting a more militarized approach to security in the wake of a two-year truce’s failure. Homicide rates in El Salvador are the highest in the world, and have risen this year to an average of 15 per day. March had the worst statistics in over a century: 481 deaths.

About 30 percent of those murders were gang members killed in skirmishes with the national police, said President Salvador Sánchez Cerén on Monday. Since the beginning of the year 22 officers have died in attacks. SEE  MORE…

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