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El Salvador mourns deaths of children in shootouts

August 11, 2015

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador’s national council for children is expressing concern about gunfire violence that is killing young boys and girls.

A 5-year-old boy was recently hit in the head by a stray bullet during a shootout between authorities and street gangs, and a 9-year-old boy was killed by stray bullets during a skirmish among street gang members.

The governmental council called on authorities to “use reasonable force” in battles against the gangs.

An 8-month-old baby girl on was slain on Monday in her home by intruders, who also killed her mother and grandfather.

The country’s human rights prosecutor, David Morales, said “the violence is affecting children and adolescents terribly.”

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