domingo, 9 de octubre de 2016

El Salvador sees "near record" murder figures for 2016

Authorities in El Salvador counted 4,242 criminal deaths in the country from 1 January to 27 September, which they estimate could, with more than 5,000 estimated homicides this year, make 2016 one of the most violent of recent years. The website Elsalvador.com wrote on 6 October that while the government's "extraordinary" measures to curb gang activity had reduced killings somewhat since April 2016, at the going rate of "more than 300 a month," 2016 would likely become the second most violent year since 2004, after 2015. The country suffered 6,656 murders in 2015, while previous years with the most registered homicides were, according to coroners' figures cited in Elsalvador.com, 2009 with 4,382, 2011 with 4,371 and 2010 with 3,987. The years 2012 and 2013 had much lower homicide figures due to an ostensible ceasefire between the Mara gangs, but the website observed that their figures excluded all missing people who  may have been killed by the gangs. The website cited figures as showing more than 830 people as going missing in the first seven months of 2016.

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