martes, 25 de marzo de 2014

Police count more homicides in El Salvador

Authorities in El Salvador observed a steady rise in criminal killings in 2014 compared to the first months of 2013, with police now putting the average daily killing rate in the January-March period at 8.9 or 9, El Salvador's El Mundo reported on 25 March. The rate had hovered between six-eight a day for most of 2013, and remained now below the double-digit rates typical of the period before a March 2012 ceasefire between the country's gangs. The deputy-head of the National Police, Mauricio Ramírez Landaverde gave 204 as the number of homicides committed nationwide over 1-23 March; 28 of these occurred on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 March, these including both gang-related and domestic murders. The website Elsalvador.com counted 40 killings for those days and Friday. El Mundo cited the Minister of Justice Ricardo Perdomo as attributing increasing violence to "vigorous self-cleansing" inside Mara gangs but also to "an increase in the war between the gangs." The country's two main gangs are Mara Salvatrucha and Mara-18, with local and regional gangs affiliated to one or the other.

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