Members of the Barrio 18 gang are rounded up in San Salvador
(Q24N) El Salvador police reported that there have been close to 100 gun battles between security forces and street gangs in 2016, signaling a continued increase in violence in what is beginning to resemble a low-intensity civil war.
At a graduation for police sergeants, National Civil Police (Policía Nacional Civil – PNC) Chief Howard Cotto stated, “We have seen three to four cases [of confrontations] a day in the last two months,” reports El Mundo.
This would represent an increase in gun battles from last year when between January to May 2015, there were approximately 250 armed encounters, or about two a day.
Cotto mentioned various battles, including two shootouts that resulted in eight deaths in Apastepeque,

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