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World's most evil street gang which has 100,000 members 'butcher four people in New York'

Mirror logo Mirror 15/04/2017 Scarlet Howes

Credits: Reuters © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Reuters The world's most evil street gang whose over 100,000 members want to top the global league for murder are suspected to have killed four people in New York.

Cops believe Mara Salvatrucha - also dubbed MS-13 - were responsible for the deaths of four males, aged 16 to 20, in a park in Central Islip, a working-class community about 47 miles east of New York City.

Suffolk County Police found the bodies late on Wednesday in a wooded area. It wasn't immediately clear what led them to the park.

The victims "suffered from significant trauma throughout their body with a sharp or edged instrument," county Police Commissioner Timothy Sini said.

"The manner in which they were killed is consistent with the modus operandi of MS-13," Sini told reporters.

MS-13 is one of the largest criminal organizations in the United States, with more than 6,000 members in at least 46 states and the District of Columbia, the US Attorney's Office said.

In addition, more than 30,000 MS-13 members operate internationally, mostly in El Salvador, Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala. 

Credits: Getty © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Getty Its members are typically distinguishable by their symbolic facial and body tattoos - as well as their use of their own hand signals. 

They are expected to remain loyal to the ruthless gang, with "punishments" including the amputation of limbs and murder.

In one particularly horrific case, a pregnant gang member who had been a government informant was stabbed 16 times by two other members.

Her body was found by a shocked fisherman on a river bank in 2003.

Although MS-13 originated in Los Angeles, its core membership reportedly comes from El Salvador.

The Mara Salvatrucha name comes from 'mara' - a Central American term for gang, 'salva' - which refers to El Salvador, and 'trucha', which means “trout” in English, is slang term for “clever” or “sharp.”

Credits: Reuters © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Reuters The number 13 is the position M occupies in the alphabet.

Credits: Getty © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Getty As well as sporting extensive tattoos on their bodies and faces, gang members use hand symbols referencing the devil to communicate.

One of the most widely publicised MS-13 crimes took place in Honduras in December 2004, when a bus was sprayed with automatic gunfire.

The attack, which occurred just two days before Christmas Days, killed 28 civilian passengers, most of whom were women and children.

Reports said six gunmen raked the bus with gunfire.

Credits: Getty © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Getty As passengers screamed and ducked, another gunman then apparently climbed aboard and methodically executed passengers.

Credits: Getty © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Getty The killing was said to be in protest at plans to bring back the death penalty.

The discovery of the bodies comes about a month after more than a dozen MS-13 members were indicted in seven killings on Long Island over three years, including the deaths of several high school students last year.

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