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Drug gangs boost Costa Rica homicide rate by 10 percent

Tuesday, September 12, 2017


Criminal gangs fighting for control of the drug trafficking trade are pushing up the homicide rate in Costa Rica, with murder rates growing by 9.7 percent between 2010 and 2016.

The number of homicides reached 578 last year after dropping to 407 in 2012, according to an August 2017 report by the Inter-agency Commission on Citizen Security and Living Conditions.

Source: Nearshore Americas