El Salvador: 2015 most violent on record in reported murders

Posted on January 5, 2016 • Filed under: Central America, Drug Activity, El Salvador, Organized Crime, Social Issues

Violent deaths in El Salvador spiked 70% in 2015, figures reveal

theguardian.com reported at least 6,657 people were violently killed in the Central American country, making last year the most violent since the height of 1983 civil war. El Salvador saw a 70% spike in violent deaths in 2015, making last year the bloodiest since the country’s civil war, according to figures released on Monday by the country’s authorities. At least 6,657 people were violently killed in 2015, amid a rise in mass killings and escalating violence between alleged gang members and police in the Central American country. The overall murder rate rose to 104 per 100,000 inhabitants. Read Article

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