martes, 8 de noviembre de 2016

Guatemalan officials note rise in homicides in October, slight overall decline in 2016

Guatemalan state coroners observed an increase in nationwide criminal killings in October 2016 compared to September, though all killings this year appeared to be slightly fewer than in 2015 and previous years. The coroner's office INACIF counted 424 "deaths through violence" in October, up from 367 in September, and a total of 3,913 homicides from 1 January to 31 October, the paper Prensa Libre reported on 8 November, citing an Inacif spokesman. Roberto Garza cited the next two months with most killings this year to be August with 417, and February with 358. He said 44 of all those murdered this year had been "dismembered in and around the capital," Ciudad Guatemala. Inacif's figures showed an apparent decline in killings this year, as the office counted 4,041 violent deaths between 1 January and 31 October 2015, with January 2015 cited as the most violent month, with 426 killings. Guatemala City has been on the list of the world's most murderous cities in 2015 and 2014, and lies in one of the world's most violent regions not at war. Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador were to officially launch on 10 November a joint batallion to combat gang crime in the "northern triangle" of Central America, Honduras's El Heraldo reported on 8 November. The force would consist of agents from the three countries acting in their own territories, but in coordination and with shared information, El Salvador's Foreign Minister Hugo Martínez told media in San Salvador on 7 November.