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Some El Salvador families return to homes after gang threat

May 7, 2015

TUNAMILES, El Salvador (AP) — Families who fled in fear of gang threats have begun returning to their rural homes in a mountainous area of western El Salvador.

Police inspector Carlos Valiente of Izalco said Thursday that things were beginning to return to normal in the hills around the rural hamlet of Tunamiles, where about 20 families had sought refuge.

Residents have been on edge since April 27. Valiente says that’s when four members of one family were killed after they crossed from territory controlled by the Barrio 18 gang into an area run by the Mara Salvatrucha gang.

Residents say gang members later went house to house, warning them to clear out.

Valiente said police and military presence had calmed the situation.

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