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El Salvador unleashes new special force on gang bosses

Members of a Salvadoran new special force attend the official launching of their unit at the Armed Forces' military base in San Salvador, on April 20, 2016El Salvador on Wednesday activated a new, heavily armed special force of soldiers and police to hunt down around 100 bosses of gangs that have turned the country into one of the world’s deadliest. The unit, made up of 600 army commandos and 400 elite police officers with assault rifles, helicopters and armored trucks with guns, is the sharp edge of a strongarm campaign by the government to curb the gangs. “We are going to go after them in the countryside and in the city,” Vice President Oscar Ortiz said.

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