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 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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