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El Salvador arrests leader of gang believed behind attacks on bus drivers that have killed 9

  • A soldier guards a street as a passenger bus drives past, in San Salvador, El Salvador, Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Bus routes across San Salvador have been disrupted by a series of violent attacks and threats against those who continue to drive their routes. Since Sunday night, nine drivers have been killed, prompting authorities to increase security throughout the city. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)

    A soldier guards a street as a passenger bus drives past, in San Salvador, El Salvador, Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Bus routes across San Salvador have been disrupted by a series of violent attacks and threats against those who continue to drive their routes. Since Sunday night, nine drivers have been killed, prompting authorities to increase security throughout the city. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)  (The Associated Press)

  • A woman walks past masked policemen guarding a street corner in San Salvador, El Salvador, Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Bus routes across San Salvador have been disrupted by a series of violent attacks and threats against those who continue to drive their routes. Since Sunday night, nine drivers have been killed, prompting authorities to increase security throughout the city. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)

    A woman walks past masked policemen guarding a street corner in San Salvador, El Salvador, Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Bus routes across San Salvador have been disrupted by a series of violent attacks and threats against those who continue to drive their routes. Since Sunday night, nine drivers have been killed, prompting authorities to increase security throughout the city. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)  (The Associated Press)

  • Police inspect a passenger bus after the driver was killed in San Salvador, El Salvador, Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Bus routes across San Salvador have been disrupted by a series of violent attacks and threats against those who continue to drive their routes. Since Sunday night, nine drivers have been killed. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)

    Police inspect a passenger bus after the driver was killed in San Salvador, El Salvador, Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Bus routes across San Salvador have been disrupted by a series of violent attacks and threats against those who continue to drive their routes. Since Sunday night, nine drivers have been killed. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)  (The Associated Press)

Authorities arrested the leader of a gang believed responsible for a string of threats and attacks on bus drivers that has disrupted public transportation in El Salvador's capital, prosecutors said Wednesday.

The Attorney General's Office said Cesar Vladimir Montoya Climaco, a leader of the Barrio 18 gang, was captured Tuesday night in a suburb north of San Salvador.

Bus routes across the city have been disrupted this week by a series of violent attacks and threats against those who continue to drive their routes. Since Sunday night, nine drivers have been killed. Authorities confirmed Wednesday that the latest victim, a 21-year-old driver, was killed while filling his vehicle with gasoline.

The reason for the attacks is unclear. Powerful gangs have extorted bus drivers in the past.

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This story has been corrected to show the suspect's name is Montoya.