El Salvador sees most deadly month in 10 years as violence overwhelms nation

In March 481 people were murdered – an average of 16 people a day.

Death toll was 52% higher than the same period in the previous year.

Last month, 481 people were murdered in El Salvador, making March the country’s most deadly month in a decade as authorities struggle to cope with the collapse of a controversial gang truce.

An average of 16 people were killed every day in the country, which is the size of Massachusetts and has a population of 6.1 million, confirming El Salvador’s place as one of the world’s most dangerous places outside a war zone.

The death toll was 52% higher than in the same period in the previous year, and included the victims of six massacres, including eight people who were killed on 29 March at a truck stop just outside the capital, San Salvador, in a suspected dispute between transnational drug trafficking groups. SEE MORE…

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