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El Salvador Deploys Thousands of Troops to Combat Gangs

  • President Bukele said gang members to be removed in Soyapango
  • Government toughened its campaign against violence this year
Police and soldiers patrol in Soyapango, El Salvador, on Oct. 6.

Police and soldiers patrol in Soyapango, El Salvador, on Oct. 6.

Photographer: Marvin Recinos/AFP/Getty Images

El Salvador President Nayib Bukele has deployed 10,000 security forces to confront the threat from gangs in a suburb of the capital, San Salvador.

Soldiers and security agents surrounded the municipality of Soyapango on Saturday to remove gang members in the area, according to a statement issued by the presidency.