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Gunmen Gangs Attack A Hospital In Ecuador In An Attempt To Kill A Teen

Gunmen gangs attack a hospital in Ecuador in an attempt to kill a teen being treated there. The assailants took nurses hostage and exchanged fire with police before they were detained. Officials have said that all hostages were freed, and no one was injured.

Tyrese Griffin
Nov 29, 20227200 Shares112499 Views
Gunmen gangs attack a hospital in Ecuador in an attempt to kill a teen being treated there. The assailants took nurses hostage and exchanged fire with police before they were detained. Officials have said that all hostages were freed, and no one was injured.
The 17-year-old target of the attack, known as “Dirty Face,” is believed to be a rival gang member who is recovering from gunshot wounds in intensive care.

The Ecuador Gangs Attack

A video circulating on social media appears to show men in balaclavas holding guns and briefly pushing a screaming woman through one of the hospital’s exit doors before dragging her back into the building.
Other hospital workers at the hospital in the western Ecuadorian city of Chone said they locked themselves in rooms while gunmen broke down doors in their search for the teenager. The gunmen held five employees for more than an hour.
Social media videos appear to show men in balaclavas brandishing weapons briefly forcing a woman through an emergency exit door of the hospital before dragging her back inside. Several medical staff members claimed that they had barricaded themselves in their rooms while the shooters knocked down doors in search of the teenager.
Guillermo Lasso, the president of Ecuador, also expressed gratitude to the police, stating that their action had saved lives.
The 17-year-old boy who was the target of the attack is popularly known as "Dirty Face" and is said to be a rival gang member of the attackers. He is currently in intensive care at the hospital in the town of Chone, in western Ecuador, recovering from wounds.

Gang Violence Escalates In Ecuador

Authorities have been relocating gang leaders to new facilities in an effort to reduce violence in the country's chaotic jails.
Ecuador's prison system has been plagued by structural issues for decades, but since late 2020, jail violence has skyrocketed, killing at least 400 people and terrorizing inmates' families. At least five police officers were killed earlier this month in attacks in response to the transfer of approximately 1,000 prisoners, and two inmates were killed.
The gang wars over Ecuador's cocaine networks have put a huge strain on the country's overcrowded prison system, resulting in frequent riots and clashes. Authorities say the most recent attacks were sparked by the transfer of hundreds of inmates from the Guayaquil Penitentiary to other facilities.
Many Ecuadorians have lost faith in the government's response and are constantly fearful. President Guillermo Lasso has repeatedly accused gangs of retaliating with violence in response to his government's efforts to combat them. Ecuador is a transit country for drugs destined for Europe and the United States.
The government acts with all the rigor of the law to sanction the leaders of narco-terrorist mafias that provoke attacks, that's why those who cause problems will be transferred to the maximum-security prison.- President Guillermo Lasso

Conclusion

Ecuador has seen a significant increase in gang violence in recent years, including grisly tactics such as beheadings, as well as a string of deadly jail riots.
Analysts believe that the deadly Mexican cartels' expansion into Ecuador, where they enlist local gangs to smuggle cocaine, is one of the factors contributing to the increase in violence. President Lasso has issued a number of proclamations of emergency since taking office last year in an effort to address the sharp increase in violence.
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