El Salvador Homicide Rate Continues To Drop

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Carlos Mauricio Funes Cartagena, President of El Salvador, speaks during the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly September 25, 2013 at UN headquarters in New York. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images) | STAN HONDA via Getty Images
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SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Homicides in El Salvador decreased again this year, but not as deeply as they did in 2012 after warring street gangs signed a truce.

President Mauricio Funes says the Central American country has averaged 6.8 killings a day so far in 2013. That compares to 7.1 last year, which was a big drop from about 12 daily slayings in 2011, before the Mara Salvatrucha and Barrio 18 gangs signed a truce.

The rate had reached as high as 14 a day just before the truce. The two gangs have long fought turf battles as well as carrying out extortion, drug sales and other illicit activities.

Funes said Monday that official figures show the nation of 6 million people had 2,426 killings in 2013, 2,543 in 2012 and 4,354 in 2011.

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