The Salvadoran government delivers rifles, bulletproof vests, and helmets to soldiers to combat gang members

The Minister of Defense, René Francis Merino Monroy, delivered this afternoon weapons and protective equipment for the soldiers who support the National Civil Police (PNC) in security tasks within the framework of the Terrorist Control Plan and the emergency regime to combat the gangs.

The equipment will serve to protect the lives of the soldiers who patrol neighborhoods and communities throughout the country against possible attacks by gang members or other types of criminals.

According to official sources, the batch delivered by the official consists of 200 assault rifles, 400 bulletproof vests, and 100 helmets.

The delivery took place this Wednesday afternoon at the facilities of the National Sovereignty Plaza of the Military History Center [former El Zapote barracks], located south of San Salvador.

Those who received the equipment were soldiers who are part of military units such as the IV Military Detachment, Special Forces Command, among others.

There are currently 18,000 soldiers, out of a total of 23,000 who support citizen security tasks and fight gang crime and drug trafficking structures.