El Salvador returns criminal gang leaders to high security jail

February 20, 2015 2:15 AM

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SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - El Salvador's government on Thursday returned 14 leaders of the country's main street gangs to a maximum security prison in an attempt to curb murders of police officers after a truce between two rival criminal groups began to unravel.

The truce was originally brokered under left-wing ex-president Mauricio Funes in 2012. Imprisoned gang leaders were moved out of maximum security to other prisons in March of that year so that they could coordinate the truce with their members.

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