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Police: 11 dead after attackers set fire to bus in El Salvador

By the CNN Wire Staff
Police investigators gather at the scene where eleven people were killed late Sunday after suspected gang members set fire to a public bus outside San Salvador.
Police investigators gather at the scene where eleven people were killed late Sunday after suspected gang members set fire to a public bus outside San Salvador.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Police say at least 11 passengers killed in burning bus
  • Witnesses say people on motorcycles intercepted bus and doused it with gasoline
  • Another attack on a nearby bus kills 11-year-old girl
  • Police suspect incidents are linked; gang violence could be cause
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San Salvador, El Salvador (CNN) -- At least 11 passengers were killed and eight others injured Sunday night when assailants set fire to a mass transit bus in San Salvador, El Salvador, police said.

Witnesses said people on motorcycles intercepted the bus, doused it with gasoline and closed the doors with the passengers inside.

Authorities tried to break windows to help people escape from the burning bus, El Salvador's National Civil Police said. Emergency crews transported 13 passengers to a nearby hospital.

Ten minutes later, a group of attackers opened fire on another bus blocks away, police said, killing an 11-year-old girl and the bus conductor.

Police said they suspected the incidents were linked, and that gang members were involved in the attacks. They said they had not ruled out the possibility that the buses were targeted as a reprisal against drivers who had not paid a gang-imposed toll.

Investigators have detained three people -- one of whom had gasoline on his clothes, police said.

CNN's Merlin del Cid contributed to this report.