EL SALVADOR VIOLENCE – El Salvador has had 12 murder-free days in August, police say

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El Salvador, now in the fifth month of a state of emergency enacted with the stated aim of battling gangs, has enjoyed 12 days free of homicides so far this month, the National Civil Police said Thursday on Twitter in a post that was re-tweeted by President Nayib Bukele.

But several of those days were marked by the deaths of alleged gang members in confrontations with police.