Mur­der rate in Mex­ico hit 20,500 in 2015

The Myanmar Times - - World -

More than 20,500 homi­cides were com­mit­ted in Mex­ico in 2015, ris­ing slightly from 2014 af­ter murders had fallen for three con­sec­u­tive years, of­fi­cial fig­ures showed. A to­tal of 20,525 homi­cides were re­ported last year, com­pared with 20,010 in 2014, ac­cord­ing to the na­tional sta­tis­tics in­sti­tute (INEGI). While the rate re­mained the same as in 2014, with 17 homi­cides per 100,000 in­hab­i­tants, it marked an end to a down­ward trend. Murders surged in Mex­ico af­ter the govern­ment de­ployed troops to crack down on drug car­tels in De­cem­ber 2006.

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