Police in El Salvador kill 5 suspected gang members

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) " Police in El Salvador say they have killed five suspected members of an organized crime gang in a shootout outside the capital of San Salvador.

The national police force said Monday that five suspected members of the Mara Salvatrucha gang died in the confrontation in a rural area about 25 miles (40 kilometers) east of the capital.

Police say they were patrolling in the area when they saw 10 people at a house and recognized one as a suspect in the August 15 killing of a police officer.

Police said the gang members opened fire on the patrol. A confrontation ensued and five suspects escaped.

Police have engaged in about 300 shootouts so far this year. In the same period, 26 police have been killed.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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