El Salvador unveils new military force to fight gangs
The government of El Salvador has deployed a new heavily armed unit to fight criminal gangs in rural areas. The 1000-strong special force is equipped with helicopters, armoured cars and assault weapons. Officials say it will target gang leaders who left the cities because of a government crackdown. There are an estimated 70,000 gang members in El Salvador. The country has one of the highest murder rates in the world largely due to their turf wars.