lunes, 3 de marzo de 2014

Police observe steady rise in killings in El Salvador in 2014

Media in El Salvador reported a year-on-year increase in homicides in the first two months of 2014, with shorter February seeing more murders than January. The website cited the National Police as counting 472 murders nationwide from 1 January to 26 February, 93 more than the figure of 369 cited for that period in 2013. La Prensa Gráfica reported similar figures on 1 March; Police it stated, counted 474 homicides in January and all of February, compared to 380 counted for the same period in 2013. Police observed a 29 per cent increase in February homicides, counting 238 criminal killings from 1 to 28 February, 54 more than in February 2013, La Prensa Gráfica reported. The pace appeared to continue in March. El Salvador's El Mundo reported 13 criminal killings nationwide on 1 March. Police attributed some of these to vendettas between the two main gangs, MS-13 and Mara 18, as it did many of the killings in February. These and similar reports in recent months were likely fuelling doubts about the continuation of the gangs ceasefire that began in March 2012, which officials have touted as having drastically curbed violence nationwide. The recent increase had yet to reach the homicide rates the country had before the 2012 ceasefire.

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