El Salvador, Latin America: Week in Review

El Salvadoran Hostage Crisis Ends after Several Hours

August 1, 2011 By Staff

Today in Latin America

Top Story — A farmer and his son in El Salvador held 30 people hostage for several hours at an evangelical church north of the capital of San Salvador. The farmer, 50-year-old José Miranda, and his 17-year-old son raided the Temple of God church early Sunday armed with M16 rifles while the parishioners in Guzapa were holding a traditional vigil at the church, said National Civil Police Director Carlos Ascencio. Salvadoran authorities were able to persuade Miranda to release all the hostages before dawn, but a motive for the raid is still unclear. As he was being led away by authorities Miranda shouted that he was motivated by injustices and claimed that one of his daughters had recently been jailed.

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Headlines from the Western Hemisphere

North America


Central America

  • Guatemala’s former first lady lost her bid before the country’s supreme court to run for president in the upcoming presidential elections.
  • Honduran authorities recovered another 4.5 tons of cocaine from a small submarine that was used by drug smugglers on the country’s Caribbean coast.
  • Former Costa Rican President Mario Echandi died at the age of 96 as a result of bronchopneumonia.


Southern Cone

  • Workers at Chile’s Collahuasi Cooper mine went back to work on Sunday, but the stoppage at the giant Escondida deposit enters its 10th day.
  • Argentine authorities are investigating the killing of two French tourists on a hiking trail.
  • A Brazilian hospital said that the lymphatic cancer afflicting Paraguay’s president Fernando Lugo is in complete remission.

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