Alert raised for se­cu­rity forces af­ter 2 killed

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

Au­thor­i­ties in El Salvador have increased their vig­i­lance in an ef­fort to pro­tect their own against gang at­tacks.

Vice Pres­i­dent Os­car Or­tiz says the gov­ern­ment has de­cided to raise the alert level for all 23,000 po­lice of­fi­cers and sol­diers. Mem­bers of each group have been tar­geted, most of­ten while on leave. A na­tional po­lice of­fi­cer and a sol­dier were killed in sep­a­rate in­ci­dents Tues­day.

So far this year, 39 po­lice of­fi­cers, 19 sol­diers and a prison guard have been killed. Last year, gangs killed 62 po­lice, 17 sol­diers and six prison guards.

Or­tiz says se­cu­rity forces are pay­ing a high price in their fight against the El Salvador’s pow­er­ful gangs, but the gov­ern­ment will con­tinue the fight.

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