Investigators suspect powerful crime groups, First Capital Command, of involvement in the attacks, local media say, in which gangs have torched vehicles and left police, businesses and government buildings riddled with bullets.
At least 28 urban areas in Rio Grande do Norte state have been hit by disturbances this week, authorities say.
Gang violence hits at least 28 cities, including Natal, provincial capital of Rio Grande do Norte state, officials say.
Two NGOs document arbitrary arrests, forced disappearances, torture and ill-treatment of detainees over the last nine months, during which President Nayib Bukele's government has rounded up over 59,000 suspected gang members.
The Honduran police have been tasked with moving en masse into the country's two largest cities to root out criminal gangs.
El Salvador's government continues to step up its fight against criminal groups after declaring a state of emergency in March and arresting more than 58,000 suspected gang members.
President Xiomara Castro imposes emergency after hundreds of bus and taxi drivers protested in capital Tegucigalpa to demand the country take steps to stop gangs from extorting a "war tax" from them.
UNSC approves sanctions allowing it to impose an asset freeze, travel ban and arms embargo on anyone who threatens peace or stability of Haiti, naming the Caribbean country's most powerful gangster as its first target.
First person to be targeted would be Jimmy Cherizier, nicknamed "Barbecue", and is described in US and Mexico-drafted resolution as one of the most influential gang leaders, Reuters reports.
Dozens of vehicles torched in multiple cities as gang violence hits the North American country third time in week.
Most of the victims were not directly involved in gangs, UN human rights office says, adding that there have also been reports of sexual violence.
Beijing backs sanctioning gang leaders and deploying a regional police force in the Caribbean country as part of plans to renew a UN political mission there that expires on Friday.
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