lunes, 3 de marzo de 2014

Police shoot five kidnappers in northern Honduras

Honduran Police and troops shot dead five suspects identified as members of the Mara 18 gang on 2 March, in an operation to rescue three individuals held in a building in the San Pedro Sula. The suspects opened fire as they noticed agents approaching the safe house, and were later shot inside, the daily Tiempo reported. One gang member was arrested. A police spokesman was cited as saying that the shootout occurred in an area where police had in preceding days recovered several houses "confiscated" by gangs. Gangs often force people off properties and use their homes as hideouts, in Honduras and other Central American countries. Authorities earlier reported they had recovered 50 buildings or homes in operations in late February in the Rivera Hernández sector and other neighborhoods of San Pedro Sula, La Prensa reported on 1 March. The daily cited a city police commander as saying that depriving criminals of these safe houses and street patrols had considerably reduced murders, though it was not immediately clear if in these neighborhoods or in San Pedro Sula, one of the world's most violent cities.

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