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Members of Salvadoran gang freed from jail only to be gunned down

By John Sevigny     Apr 22, 2014 in World
San Salvador - Three alleged members of a notorious Central American gang - along with a taxi driver who had picked them up at a local lockup - were gunned down moments after being released from jail in El Salvador Monday.
The 12:45 pm shooting in Cuscatancingo left four men dead, and authorities blamed the notorious Mara Salvatrucha street gang for the killings, reported Salvadoran newspaper La Prensa Grafica.
At least 30 shots were fired by a lone gunman in a sedan, officials said.
A national police official told reporters that the victims were members of the Barrio 18 gang, the long-time arch-enemy of the Mara Salvatrucha, also known as MS-13. One man survived the attack, Prensa Grafica reported, and is being held as a protected witness.
The men had been arrested on charges of gang affiliation, a serious crime in and of itself under El Salvador's tough laws implemented to reduce a decades-long wave of gang violence in Central America's smallest nation.
Cuscatancingo is a municipality on the northern edge of San Salvador, the nation's capital.
In March 2012 the two gangs agreed participate in a government- and Roman Catholic Church approved truce, and homicide rates initially dropped dramatically to an average of 5.5 per day from a high of as many as 17 per day. That lasted about 15 months and homicides, most of them gang related, are now on the rise again.
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