Police say murders in El Salvador dropped 45 percent
The number of murders in El Salvador so far in 2013 is 45 percent lower than the previous year, providing a reminder of the benefits of the country's gang truce at a time when the agreement is coming under increasing pressure.
From January to April this year, there were 694 recorded murders, according to the National Police, 530 less than the same period in 2012. January saw the highest number of murders with 191, while April had the lowest with 148. Overall, there was an average of 4.7 murders a day.
The drop was also reflected in a reduction in the number of murders of women. So far this year, 63 women have been murdered compared to 182 the year before.