MS13 Gang baits the police with fake body in car, detonated a Bomb When Police Came

April 30, 2019 | Brainwave Science

MS13 Gang

MS-13 Gang bait the police with fake body in car, detonated a Bomb When Police Came


A street gang in El Salvador put a fake body in an abandoned car to lure police into a car-bomb attack, wounding two officers Monday, in the latest in a round of killings of police and soldiers in the country.

The authorities said suspected gang members wrapped a mannequin in blankets inside a car and then detonated explosives in the vehicle when police arrived to investigate what they thought was a body at a soccer field on the outskirts of San Salvador, the capital.

The attack came after suspected gang members killed two police officers and three soldiers over the weekend. All were off-duty when they were attacked. Some were playing sports.

Howard Cotto, the national police director, said the attacks were planned and carried out by the Mara Salvatrucha gang, known as MS13 gang.

“We have identified a group of about 10 suspects who are organizing this wave on a national level for the Mara Salvatrucha gang,” Mr. Cotto said. MS13 gang is angry about recent police raids aimed at the gang, according to Ricardo Sosa, an expert on the group.

Mr. Sosa said the gang may also be using the killings to send a message to the country’s incoming president, Nayib Bukele, who takes office June 1.

“I think they are sending a message to the new government saying that they control certain parts of the country, to see what the government’s reaction will be,” Mr. Sosa said.


MS13 is one of the most dangerous street gangs in the world. This is because it is a cruel gang with a motto to ‘rape, control, kill’. It started out in Los Angeles but today is currently active in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Central America. Most members are Salvadorans. As an international gang, its history is closely tied to U.S.–El Salvador relations.

MS13 gang has been classified as a terrorist organization by the Supreme Court of El Salvador. because of its crimes.

Meanwhile, in the US, Dozens of Long Island teenagers were detained last year on suspicion of gang ties. The problem is that it can be hard to tell who is in the gang and who is just adopting gang style.

MS13 gang has moved away from face tattoos so as to be able to commit crimes without being noticed.  The police want a way to distinguish between the gang member and the innocent persons. They are faced with a gang which is not just dangerous but also massive. The gang is estimated to have 30,000 to 50,000 members and associate members worldwide, 8,000 to 10,000 of whom reside in the United States.

 It is unthinkable that brute force methods like raids and torture will be able to effectively investigative this dangerous gang. This sort of violent back-and-forth makes matters worse. Instead, of such indirect methods which pressurize to extract information, investigations would be simpler if there existed a simple ‘yes/no’ test to screen suspects. In the US, 330,000 civil cases are pending in the federal courts alone. There are criminal cases as well.  A backlog like this can only be removed by innovation in the investigation and intelligence sphere.

With MS13 planning more attacks on a national level, quick action is the need of the hour. The identified suspects must be caught ASAP since they are privy to crucial information regarding the past and future attacks.

There is a need to be able to detect the presence of relevant information in the human brain in order to be able to screen them effectively, connect them to a crime, find links and relations, objectively carry out an investigation-devoid of subjectivity and prejudice, etc.


To fill this technology gap, Brainwave Science, a company based in the United States has introduced a technology called iCognative, which is a revolution in the field of forensics. It is applicable to cases concerning national security, border security, immigration, counterterrorism, law enforcement, human and drug trafficking, fraud, cyber-crime, etc.

MS13 is a notorious criminal organization, which is cruel, uses extortion and coercion, and is a threat to peace and society.  It has been declared a terrorist organization. iCognative can help to control this menace using its principle of looking for the truth in the very source of deception- the human brain itself words or pictures relevant to a crime, trafficking act or other significant events, are presented on a computer screen, in a series with other, irrelevant words or pictures. A test subject is made to look at these inputs/stimuli. The subject’s brainwave responses to these stimuli are measured non-invasively using a specialized headset containing sensors. A computer program then analyzes the data to determine if the crime-relevant information is stored in the brain. Furthermore, iCognative tests are instrumental to determine the level of involvement in criminal activity, whether directly or indirectly. They help to verify the hierarchal and leadership structure within criminal organizations.

iCognative does not detect guilt or innocence. It goes to the deepest level and detects if the subject is familiar with the information being exposed to him. This is what makes iCognative the most versatile investigative solution.

In the iCognative test of the members of the MS13 gang, stimuli such as images of the mannequins in the car, IED/EOD bomb-making knowledge, insignia of MS13 gang, pictures and names of other members of MS13 gang, details of other crimes associated with the group, details of the money trail, etc. iCognative is the only tool which can analyze linkages among suspects to identify the top leadership. Since it works on the cloud, investigative agencies across the world can make use of the shared database analyzation methodology built-in to iCognative to collaborate and tackle the gang holistically.

iCognative can be the crucial intelligence gathering and screening method which can help the investigating agencies collaborate across states in order to eliminate MS13 gang in El Salvador and beyond.

Main Source: NYTimes

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