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Killings fell by 40 percent last year in El Salvador

Friday, January 4, 2013

El Salvador's controversial gang truce has led to dramatic fall in homicides in one of the world's most dangerous nations, a trend that may well continue if the war between the gangs can be brought to a permanent close.

According to Efe news agency, the National Civil Police registered 2,576 murders in 2012. Compared to the 2011 fgure of 4,371 homicides, that represents a 41 percent fall.

National Police Sub-Director, Mauricio Ramirez, pointed to the gang truce between Mara Salvatrucha and Barrio 18 as being one of the key factors in bringing down the number of murders.

Source: InSightCrime