sábado, 28 de diciembre de 2013

Mexican officials say nationwide killings down, body found in suitcase

There were 31,532 reported killings in Mexico from 1 January to 17 December 2013, of which 16,736 were intentional (homicidios dolosos), and this was 18 per cent less than in the same period in 2012, according to Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System (SESNSP), a public agency. The agency had counted 38,052 killings in the same period in 2012, of which 21,728 were intentional, Milenio reported on 28 December. The figures were compiled from information given by 32 offices of chief prosecutors of Mexican states. The SESNSP cited Mexican states with most killings in this period to be the central Estado de México with 3,547, Michoacán in western Mexico with 2,368 and Guerrero on the Pacific coast with 2,302. Those with fewest killings were Campeche with 123, Yucatán with 118 and Baja California Sur with 78. The agency counted 1,326 killings in the Federal District or Mexico City. It observed however a 20 per cent increase in reported kidnappings in this period, from 1,317 in 2012 to 1,583 this year. The figures excluded unreported crimes, and in the case of kidnappings actual figures were likely much higher. Information from state prosecutors' offices also indicated a slight fall in reported house, car and personal thefts, from 1,702,178 cases to 1,527,532. Criminal incidents reported recently included: five headless bodies found early on 28 December in Morelia, the state capital of Michoacán, a "mutilated" man found in boxes on 26 December in the district of Ecatepec outside the capital, and the body of a headless, handless woman found days before in a suitcase left on a Metro platform in Mexico City, Proceso reported on 26 December.