Gangland, El Salvador

Inside the bloody rivalry between the Mara Salvatrucha and Barrio 18 gangs. [31 photos total]

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Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang members wait to be escorted upon their arrival at the maximum security jail in Zacatecoluca, El Salvador. (REUTERS/Jose Cabezas) #
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Members of the Barrio 18 Gang wait on a bus as 1282 inmates are transferred from the cojutepeque jail in Cojutepeque, El Salvador. (REUTERS/Jose Cabezas) #
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Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang members wait to be escorted upon their arrival at the maximum security jail in Zacatecoluca, El Salvador. (REUTERS/Jose Cabezas) #
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Soldiers stand guard close to a Mara Salvatrucha gang related graffiti at the 22 de Abril neighborhood in Soyapango, El Salvador. (REUTERS/Jose Cabezas) #
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Suspected gang members are presented to the media after being detained by the police under the charges of homicide and terrorism in San Salvador, El Salvador. (REUTERS/Jose Cabezas) #
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Suspected gang members wait on a truck after being presented to the media after being detained by the police under the charges of homicide and terrorism in San Salvador, El Salvador. (REUTERS/Jose Cabezas) #
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Members of the Mara Salvatrucha gang are guarded by policemen upon their arrival at the Quezaltepeque jail in Quezaltepeque, El Salvador. (REUTERS/Jose Cabezas) #
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Members of the Mara Salvatrucha gang are guarded by policemen upon their arrival at the Quezaltepeque jail in Quezaltepeque. (REUTERS/Jose Cabezas) #
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A police officer paints over a graffiti associated with the Mara Salvatrucha gang in the Montreal neighborhood in Mejicanos, El Salvador. (REUTERS/Jose Cabezas) #
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A woman kisses a suspected gang member as he is arrested during an anti-gang search operation in San Salvador. (REUTERS/Jose Cabezas) #
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Relatives of Josue David Penalba Rivera react as police secure a crime scene in San Salvador. Rivera was shot by suspected gang members after they told him to leave the taxi he was traveling in. (REUTERS/Jose Cabezas) #
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Army soldiers interrogates a suspected gang member during a patrol operation after residents flee the Amaya Community, due to threats from suspected gang members, in San Salvador. (REUTERS/Jose Cabezas) #
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People ride in the back of a pick up truck during the second day of a suspension of public transport services in Apopa, El Salvador. (REUTERS/Jose Cabezas) #
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A woman reacts as she touches the feet of her son's body, as the bodies of members of the Barrio 18 gang are carried out of a crime scene after a confrontation with the army, in the town of San Pedro Perulapan. (REUTERS/Jose Cabezas) #
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Members of the Barrio 18 gang wait to be admitted upon their arrival to the San Francisco Gotera penitentiary. The Salvadoran government transferred 1,177 inmates, members of the Barrio 18 gang from Izalco jail to San Francisco Gotera in a effort to curb gang violence activity. (REUTERS/Jose Cabezas) #
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Barrio 18 gang graffiti is seen in an abandoned house after residents fled Tunalmiles village due to gang threats, in the town of Izalco. (REUTERS/Jose Cabezas) #
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An imprisoned member of street gang Mara 18 poses for a photograph at the Izalco prison. (REUTERS/Ulises Rodriguez) #
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Policemen detonate a hand grenade after it was thrown at a police station by suspected gang members in Apopa, El Salvador. (REUTERS/Jose Cabezas) #
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A police investigator works at a crime scene where five suspected gang members were killed in the town of Chalchuapa. The five suspected gang members were killed by armed men after they were taken from their homes during the night, simulating a police raid and executed, according to local media. (REUTERS/Jose Cabezas) #
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Imprisoned members of street gang Mara 18 sit next to handmade knives and cell phones they were keeping illegally at the Izalco prison. (REUTERS/Ulises Rodriguez) #
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A jailed gang member poses for a photograph at the maximum security jail of Izalco in Sonsonate. (REUTERS/Ulises Rodriguez) #
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A board with pictures of jailed gang members is seen at the maximum security jail of Izalco in Sonsonate. (REUTERS/Ulises Rodriguez) #
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Residents walk past graffiti on the walls of a building showing the letters "MS" which stands for the street gang Mara Salvatrucha at a neighborhood in Ilopango. (REUTERS/Ulises Rodriguez) #
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Red Cross volunteers help Claudia at the Red Cross in Apopa, on the outskirts of San Salvador. Claudia was raped and battered by alleged members of the Mara Salvatrucha street gang and then thrown into a ditch left for dead. (REUTERS/Ulises Rodriguez) #
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Gang members who are also inmates pose for a photograph at a prison in Quezaltepeque, on the outskirts of San Salvador. (REUTERS/Ulises Rodriguez) #
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A man shows injuries after a gang attack as he refused to pay extortion money to transit a road in San Jose Guayabal. (REUTERS/Jose Cabezas) #
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Residents flee the San Valentin apartments, due to threats from the 18th Street gang, in the town of Mejicanos, on the outskirts of San Salvador. (REUTERS/Jose Cabezas) #
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Salvadoran police officers mourn during the funeral ceremony for their colleague Wendy Yamileth Alfaro Mena in Zacatecoluca. The police officer was killed by suspected members of the Barrio 18 gang and was the first policewoman to be killed by gangsters, according to local media. (REUTERS/Jose Cabezas) #
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Relatives and friends carry the coffin of police officer Juan Carlos Siliezar during his funeral in San Salvador. Siliezar was killed in an attack on his security post at a courthouse in San Salvador by suspected gang members. (REUTERS/Jose Cabezas) #
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A gang member arranges weapons to be handed over to authorities as part of a truce between gangs in San Salvador. (REUTERS/Ulises Rodriguez) #
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A member of the 18th Street gang is presented to the media after being arrested, for threatening residents of San Valentin apartments, after a raid in the town of Mejicanos, on the outskirts of San Salvador. (REUTERS/Jose Cabezas) #

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