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El Salvador: Soldiers Linked to Guatemalan Gangs

San Salvador -  More than 1,800 hand grenades stolen from the Salvadoran Army were meant for the Zetas, a Guatemalan drug-trafficking gang, according to intelligence reports on Friday.

Six Salvadoran soldiers detained in May and accused of robbery were in contact with the Zetas, which was initially created in Mexico, said Defense Minister Gen. David Munguia.

The soldiers were supposed to destroy weapons in disuse, but instead saved them to sell to the cartel.

Drug cartels have been attempting to infiltrate police and the military, said President Mauricio Funes in a recent international conference on security.

Thanks to intelligence services, the Zetas and other drug-trafficking gangs have not penetrated Salvadoran security institutions, Munguia said.

Since last year, the military and the National Civil Police are working together to guard streets, prisons, and the most dangerous areas.

Citizen safety is one of the people¬�s main concerns and, since last year, security institutions have begun turning around spiraling crime, according to official reports.


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