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Authorities in Guatemala have seized an extensive weapons cache and remotely operated explosives belonging to the country's "mara" street gangs, in an indication these groups are growing in sophistication -- a trend also seen in El Salvador and Honduras.
Young people in Nicaragua who migrate to Honduras and El Salvador for work have been influenced by powerful street gangs MS13 and Barrio 18, leading to the development of local groups modeled after these gangs. A radio broadcast examines the phenomenon.
El Salvador's attorney general has confirmed that his office is investigating the actions of both sets of negotiators in the country's gang truce, suggesting there will be no more semi-official attempts at mediation with gangs under the new administration.
Imprisoned gang leaders in Honduras are receiving instructions from their counterparts in El Salvador on how to transmit coded messages, reported El Heraldo, highlighting the collaboration between gangs in the two countries.
Homicide cases involving minors in Guatemala have risen significantly in 2014, another indication of the high level of violence in the Northern Triangle region that is fueling the migration of unaccompanied children to the United States in record numbers.
A report highlights a shift in gang activity in northern Nicaragua, where local groups are copying the style of, and making contact with, the MS13 and Barrio 18 street gangs found in Central America's violent "Northern Triangle."
El Salvador's president has launched a community police force in capital San Salvador, a move that is in line with regional calls for alternative citizen security measures that could be an indication of the new government's still vague security strategy.
A Honduran intelligence report accessed by local media documents the extent to which the MS13 and other gangs control the neighborhoods where they operate in Honduras.
Authorities in El Salvador have arrested a priest and youth worker who has operated as a key intermediary with "mara" street gangs, in a strong indication the new government is looking to push certain players out of any future negotiation process.
Police in Belize have arrested six suspects allegedly linked to the MS13 for attempted extortion and arson, in a case that supports earlier reports the transnational street gang is setting up shop in this vulnerable Central American nation.