El Salvador blames gangs for death of 11

Police say gang members probably killed 8 electric company employees and 3 others who were found in El Salvador

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Army armored cars park near a crime scene where eight electrical power company workers and three farmers went missing, in the village of Joya de Ceren in San Juan Opico, El Salvador March 3, 2016

Eleven people were found slain in a town on the outskirts of San Salvador, including eight workers at an electric plant, police said on Thursday.

Police investigating the massacre at the electric facility outside El Salvador's capital found the bodies of three other people at a nearby sugar plantation, according to authorities.

Officials said they suspect local gangs were responsible for both instances of deadly violence.

"We can't rule out the possibility that the same criminal gang is responsible for both" local police chief Howard Cotto said.

El Salvador, one of the world's most violent countries, saw a staggering 67 percent increase in its murder rate last year compared to 2014.