El Salvador's Bukele deploys military after spike in murders

Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele on Thursday deployed the military to patrol streets throughout the country.

It's in response to a surge in murders this week with more than 30 killings on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Murder rates have dropped sharply under Bukele in the impoverished Central American nation of 6 and a half million people.

The country has been terrorized by street gangs after the end of its civil war in 1992.

Last year newspaper El Faro alleged government officials negotiated with gang members to reduce violence in exchange for better conditions in prison.

Bukele called the article a "farce," but the attorney general said it would investigate.

A government source said that most of the troops would patrol the capital, San Salvador.

But the sight of soldiers on the street has made some uneasy, some critics accuse the president of growing authoritarianism.

Bukele has also announced plans to double the military in coming years to 40,000 troops from 20,000.

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