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Fourteen Gang Members Murdered In El Salvador Prison

August 24, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Fourteen Gang Members Murdered In El Salvador Prison

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Fourteen gang members were murdered by inmates belonging to a rival gang at a prison in Quezaltepeque, a city in northern El Salvador, the General Prison Administration told EFE.

The killings occurred on Saturday, prison officials said, adding that they wanted to quash “rumors that a riot occurred.”

Guards initially found three bodies in one part of the prison and later discovered 11 more in another area, officials said.

All the dead were strangled, stabbed and were found in various locations of the prison, said Benito Lara, minister for justice and public security. Officials called a state of emergency inside the at the Quezaltepeque facility, 15 miles (25 kilometers) northwest of San Salvador and stopped all visits.

“Everything was done in a very quiet manner throughout the day,” Lara said in a press conference. “Everything appeared normal, until we started to do our routine count of prisoners and started to notice that some had been killed.”

The slain men all belonged to the Revolucionarios faction of the Barrio 18 gang.

Thirteen of the 14 slain inmates have been identified, the coroner’s office said Sunday.

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A woman holds up the photos of inmates who were confirmed dead by authorities as inmates’ relatives gather outside the prison for information in Quezaltepeque, El Salvador, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015.

The situation is “totally under control,” government spokesman Eugenio Chicas said.

“These deaths are the product of internal problems in the Barrio 18 gang,” the government spokesman said.

Mass killings have occurred at prisons in El Salvador in the past.

In 2004, 31 inmates were killed and 28 others wounded in a fight involving gang members at the prison in Mariona, a city in central El Salvador.

A fight at the prison in the northwestern city of Apanteos in 2007 left 21 regular inmates dead. EFE

The deaths underline how gang violence has made El Salvador one of the most dangerous countries in the world.

On Wednesday, police said there were at least 125 murders in just three days in the country, a staggering toll even by El Salvador’s standards.

“These are worrisome numbers. These are Salvadorans who are dying. Regardless of who is a gang member or not,” Mauricio Ramirez, the national police chief, told reporters.

There were 3,332 murders between January and June, up from 2,191 a year earlier, government data shows.

The Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and Barrio 18 gangs have an estimated 70,000 members in El Salvador, 10,000 of whom are behind bars.

The gangs emerged in the 1980s in Latino neighbourhoods in Los Angeles.

They arrived in Central America when the US deported thousands of immigrants who had fled there to escape civil wars that had gripped the region in the late 20th century.

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