“Ordinary citizens have nothing to fear and can carry on with their normal lives,” President Nayib Bukele said.
Salvadoran authorities have deployed 8,500 soldiers and 1,500 police in the commune of Soyapango to locate several gang members.
Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele announced that the area, where more than a million people live, “is totally fenced”.
“Ordinary citizens have nothing to fear and can continue to lead their lives as normal” while “an operation against criminals, not against law-abiding citizens” continues.
Defense Minister Francis Merino Monroy assured that “We have twelve terrorists located”, according to the Salvadoran newspaper ‘El Mundo’.
Interventions focused on 40 points in the municipality. “In the municipality of Soyapango, there are 40 extraction teams. There are 40 strategic points on which we will intervene,” explained Merino.
“We are working on 40 points to extract gang members from these communities. In them we have 12 terrorists located “, underlined, for his part, the Minister of Justice and Security, Gustavo Villatoro.
“The operation is directed directly at the gang members who are still in hiding,” Monroy said. “We will withdraw from this commune until there are no more criminals” he assured.