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El Salvador Homicides Jumped 70 Percent in 2015, Data Show

A surge of gang violence this year has pushed up homicides in El Salvador by about 70 percent from 2014, making it a top contender to overtake Honduras as the world's most murderous nation. Miguel Fortin, head of the National Forensics Institute, said in an interview that 2015 would end with about 6,650 Salvadorans murdered, against 3,912 last year. With a population of some 6.4 million people, that equates to about 104 murders per 100,000 inhabitants, above the rate last...

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