Suspected gang members kill police official in El Salvador

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) " Authorities in El Salvador say suspected gang members have shot to death a police official and his son.

The death of assistant police inspector Lorenzo Rojas Herrera brings to 10 the number of police killed so far in November, the highest number of killings since El Salvador began a crackdown on gangs this year. Four military personnel have also been killed in November.

Police commissioner Howard Cotto says the assailants had their faces covered. They fired at least 40 rounds at the couple and their son outside their home on Wednesday, wounding the victim's wife.

Cotto says 44 police officers have been killed so far this year.

Justice Minister Mauricio Ramirez Landaverde says the attacks are an attempt by gangs to force the government to negotiate, but that it won't.

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

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