From Prisons to Streets, Gangs Overwhelm Central America

Homemade grenades started exploding midmorning on Aug. 18 at La Esperanza, El Salvador’s largest prison, and the 3,200 inmates locked inside the overcrowded cage stampeded to escape the blasts and the fireballs. A battle between 400 members of a notorious street gang, Mara 18, and the rest of the inmates had erupted after weeks of
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