The Police and the Army The Savior They carried out an operation on Saturday in which they arrested several Mara Salvatrucha gang members after twenty homicides were registered in the country in less than 24 hours, authorities reported.
According to the National Civil Police (PNC), several leaders of the violent gang were detained accused of being “responsible for the homicides registered in the last few hours.
A wave of violence shakes the saviorwhere since Friday night they have been registered “more than 20 homicides and femicides”reported Ricardo Martínez, deputy attorney for the Defense of Human Rights.
Other sources linked to public security raised the number of homicides registered in the country.
“Since yesterday we have a new rebound of homicides, something we had worked so hard to reduce. As we fight criminals in the streets, we try to figure out what is happening and who is behind financing this”said the president of the saviorNayib Bukele, in a statement uploaded to Twitter by the president of Congress, Ernesto Castro.
“I must thank God for allowing me to face these unimaginable challenges; for giving me this enormous responsibility and for choosing me to be his soldier specifically in these times ”, the president stressed.
Bukele urgently gathered his security team. “At this time the security cabinet together with the attorney general are meeting with the president @nayibbukele to discuss the issue of the rise in homicides reported in the last few hoursthe PNC reported on Twitter on Saturday afternoon.
Martínez called on the government and public security authorities to “redouble efforts” to “prevent and investigate all acts of violence and apply the full weight of the law, respecting the principle of innocence and due process.”
The prosecutor asked the population to “remain calm” and contribute to the promotion of “a culture of peace” in the country.
Last November the country suffered another spike in homicides that in three days claimed the lives of about 45 people.
The gang Mara Salvatrucha and Barrio 18, among others, have some 70,000 members in El saviormore than 17,000 of them imprisoned, according to the authorities, and operate through homicidesextortion, drug trafficking and other illegal activities.
The savior closed 2021 with 1,140 homicidesan average of 18 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, less than the 1,341 registered in 2020 and the lowest figure since the end of the civil war in 1992, according to official data.
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