The public ministries of the three countries that make up the Northern Triangle of Central America (Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador) today launched a joint operation aimed at "hitting hard blows" to gangs, reported an official source in Tegucigalpa.
As part of the operation, called "Regional Shield III", authorities of the three countries exercise "public criminal action" and conduct "raids, seizures and captures" of ringleaders and members of organizations such as Mara Salvatrucha MS-13 and Barrio gangs 18, said the Honduran Public Ministry in a statement.
In Honduras, the operation is coordinated by the Special Prosecutor's Office for Crimes Against Life, whose accusations include "a large number of crimes of murder, attempted execution homicide, aggravated robbery, aggravated vehicle theft, stolen vehicle acquisition, illegal use of prohibited weapons, illegal possession of a commercial firearm and illicit association ".
According to these accusations, members of the Barrio 18 gang are linked to "at least 14 violent deaths" of minors, women, members of vulnerable groups and criminal gangs, all registered in Tegucigalpa, he added.
All crimes and acts of hired killers were registered between 2015 and 2016, under "the organization, planning, execution and logistics" of Barrio 18, "acting with the rules defined by this criminal group and reporting the activities to their leaders, many of them already detained, and against whom new criminal actions are filed, "the investigation said.
"Both in Guatemala and in El Salvador, raids and arrests have been ordered simultaneously, thus responding to the population in the face of the scourges and the violence generated by gangs and gangs in the Northern Triangle of Central America," said the Ministry's bulletin. Honduran public.
The North Triangle of Central America launched in 2016 the Tri-National Anti-gang Force, which will only operate in the borders shared by the three countries.
The three Central American nations make up one of the most violent areas of the world despite the fact that a conventional war is not developed, with gangs, drug trafficking and organized crime as the main responsible.
Both the MS-13 and Barrio 18 gangs besiege the three countries and are blamed for the high homicide rates.