4 dead, 4 wounded as gun­men boards a bus and opens fire in El Salvador


Gun­men boarded a bus near the Sal­vado­ran cap­i­tal and opened fire Wed­nes­day, killing four peo­ple and wound­ing four oth­ers a week af­ter a string of bus at­tacks brought ser­vice to a halt.

The fed­eral pros­e­cu­tor’s of­fice said the driver, the fare col­lec­tor and two pas­sen­gers were slain in the at­tack in Cus­cat­lan depart­ment, about 21 kilo­me­ters north­east of San Salvador.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors said at least five pre­sumed gang mem­bers got on the bus as it be­gan its route to­ward the cap­i­tal, shot the driver and then turned their guns on the pas­sen­gers. The at­tack­ers es­caped.

The wounded were taken to a hos­pi­tal for treat­ment.

Another bus driver was shot and wounded in a sep­a­rate at­tack on the north­ern edge of the city, prompt­ing col­leagues who work the same route to stop driv­ing.

Bus ser­vice was all but par­a­lyzed for sev­eral days last week af­ter a string of at­tacks that killed at least eight driv­ers.

Driv­ers were warned to aban­don their routes or risk be­ing slain, an ap­par­ent tac­tic to pres­sure the gov­ern­ment to ne­go­ti­ate with gangs and trans­fer their lead­ers out of max­i­mum-se­cu­rity pris­ons.

Un­der heavy po­lice and mil­i­tary guard, driv­ers re­turned to their routes by the week­end af­ter author­i­ties ar­rested an al­leged gang leader be­lieved to be re­spon­si­ble for the at­tacks and in­tim­i­da­tion.

Also Wed­nes­day, po­lice re­ported that an of­fi­cer was killed in an am­bush while pa­trolling in the ru­ral mu­nic­i­pal­ity of San Juan Nonu­alco, south­east of the cap­i­tal.

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