El Salvador president plans anti-gang crackdown
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El Salvador president plans anti-gang crackdown

The president of El Salvador is planning additional steps to counter mounting street-gang violence.

El Salvador had more homicides in March than any other single month in a decade. Some attribute rise in murders to the collapse of a truce between the Mara Salvatrucha and 18th Street gangs.

President Salvador Sánchez Ceren said Monday he plans to request greater funding to better arm police and deploy more officers in troubled areas.

Sánchez Ceren said he is considering the creation of a special anti-gang force, and putting more military personnel on law enforcement duty.

About 7,000 soldiers currently participate in joint patrols with police, as well as in prison and border security.

Associated Press