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El Salvador killings surge as gang truce unravels

Monday, January 5, 2015

Homicides in El Salvador jumped by 56 percent last year as a truce between its most powerful street gangs crumbled, authorities said.

The National Civil Police reported 3,875 homicides in total as of December 30, compared with 2,490 the previous year.

In a news conference, El Salvador's police chief said the 2012 truce fell apart as turf wars escalated between the gangs.

Source: Reuters