3 countries gang up in fight against gangs
THREE Central American presidents announced yesterday they are forming a joint force to combat gangs and organised crime groups that have made their countries among the most dangerous on Earth.
The initiative by El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras will start to be implemented in September, Salvadoran President Salvador Sanchez Ceren said after a meeting with his counterparts in his capital city.
Police and soldiers from the three countries will patrol border zones to fight arms and drug smuggling, and the movement of criminals.
The three nations are collectively known as the Northern Triangle – a region that falls prey to gangs dealing in murder, extortion and drugs.
The homicide rate in each nation is topped only by countries engulfed in war. Collectively, there were 17,422 murders in the three countries last year alone.
Mr Sanchez Ceren, Guatemala’s Jimmy Morales and Honduras’ Juan Orlando Hernandez also agreed to keep exchanging intelligence on criminal groups and to speed the arrest and extradition between their countries of wanted suspects. –