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Murders in El Salvador plunge by half

Friday, May 5, 2017

The number of homicides in El Salvador slumped by 52.5 percent in the first four months of 2017 compared to the same period last year, officials said on Thursday, crediting new security measures in the nation.

In the January-April period, 1,133 homicides were reported, compared to 2,387 in the same period in 2016, Security Minister Mauricio Ramírez said.

El Salvador, which saw a record number of homicides in 2015, put in place a raft of special measures in April, 2016 to combat gangs, called "maras".

Source: Reuters