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El Salvador prosecutors order nearly 600 arrests to stem crime spree

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) – Prosecutors in El Salvador ordered the arrests of some 593 people nationwide on suspicion of crimes like homicide and extortion, an action that appeared to be a major strike against gangs that have turned the Central American country into one of the deadliest in the world.

Attorney General Douglas Melendez said in a statement on Wednesday that all the detention orders were based on investigations. Other charges filed against the suspects included crimes such as terrorism, fraud, rape, kidnapping and drug possession.

So far, 337 suspected gang members had been arrested, police chief Howard Cotto said in a news conference, and efforts are ongoing to arrest the remaining suspects.

State security forces in Central America and Mexico are often accused of arbitrary detentions by human rights groups.

Violence has surged in El Salvador since a 2012 truce between the Barrio 18 gang and its rival

Read more at: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-elsalvador-gangs-idUSKBN1AB2NI?il=0

4-year-old’s murder came amid teens’ crime spree, prosecutors allege

Philip Battles, 18, from left, Ferrell Dardar, 17, and Marco Alton Miller, 17, appeared before Judge Katherine Cabaniss on Monday at the Harris County Criminal Courthouse. They have been charged with capital murder in the shooting death of a 4-year-old girl killed during a robbery as her family was unloading groceries. Ava Castillo died and her mother and 10-year-old sister were injured in the incident. Photo: Karen Warren, Staff Photographer / 2016 Houston Chronicle

Prosecutors on Monday outlined a crime spree that included several armed robberies and two capital murders allegedly committed by three local teens, two of whom were out on bail at the time.

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