El Salvador: Murder Rate Soars

“Homicides in El Salvador jumped by 56 percent this year as a truce between its most powerful street gangs crumbled, the authorities said Tuesday. The National Civil Police reported 3,875 murders as of Tuesday, compared with 2,490 last year. El Salvador’s police chief said in a news conference that a 2012 truce between the Mara Salvatrucha and its rival Barrio 18 fell apart early this year as turf wars escalated between them. The government blamed Barrio 18 for breaking the accord. El Salvador is one of the world’s most violent countries, according to a recent United Nations report.”

Source: El Salvador: Murder Rate Soars – NYTimes.com

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