3 coun­tries gang up in fight against gangs

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

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