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120 Arrested in Record Gang Bust in New York

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara (L) announces on April 27, 2016, the arrest of more than 100 gang members in New York.

More than 100 gang members have been arrested in New York, in what the authorities are calling the largest gang takedown in the city's history.

"Today, we seek to eviscerate two violent street gangs that have allegedly wreaked havoc on the streets of the northern Bronx for years by committing countless acts of violence against rival gang members and innocents alike," Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said Wednesday.

Two gangs, "2 Fly YGZ" and "The Big Money Bosses" have been "at war" with each other for nearly a decade, Bharara said.

The 120 members and associates of the gangs were charged with racketeering, narcotics, and firearms offenses.

The early morning raids involved hundreds of law enforcement officers from the New York Police Department and federal agencies, some using helicopters and armored vehicles to round up the suspects.

Some material for this report came from AFP and Reuters.