first_imgBy Dialogo June 06, 2012 Honduras police arrested 20 leaders of the feared Mara 18 gang on June 4 as they attended a funeral for one of their comrades, a security spokesman told AFP. “Citizens told the police that the leaders would be coming to a funeral for a comrade killed Saturday [June 2],” said Security Ministry spokesman Hector Ivan Mejia. He said police surrounded the funeral procession as the body was being laid to rest in the town of San Buenaventura, north of the capital. Media reported that some of the suspects escaped the cordon, leading police to chase them through the town as gunfire echoed through the streets. Mejia declined to provide further details about the operation, but said the 20 arrestees include neighborhood and district-level chieftains, some of whom had warrants out for their arrest. Turf wars waged by Central American drug cartels have given Honduras one of the highest homicide rates in the world.last_img

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