(CNN in Spanish) — The Ecuadorian government has arrested 1,975 people since declaring an internal armed conflict nine days ago after a canal was violently seized by armed men, according to an official statement issued Thursday.
The announcement of the results of operations against organized crime comes one day after the killing of Prosecutor Cesar Suarez, who was leading the investigation against the 13 people arrested on charges of violently interrupting the broadcast of TC Televisión, which occurred on January 9 in Guayaquil. .
In a message on your account sThe Ecuadorian presidency said that among the total number of detainees, there are 158 people accused of “terrorism.” Authorities explain that five other individuals were killed during the chases.
According to the government, since Tuesday, January 9, when Noboa issued a decree declaring a state of internal armed conflict, 20,849 operations have been carried out in which more than 1,400 weapons – 728 firearms and 763 knives – and 32 weapons were seized. People who escaped from prisons were re-arrested.
More than a week after January 9, the authorities have not clarified how many prisoners are still at large. One of them is Adolfo Macias, alias “Vito”, the leader of the Los Choneros gang, who escaped at the end of the first week of January, and Fabricio Colon Pico, alias “Capitan Pico”, the leader of the Los Lobos gang.
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