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US murders soar in 2020

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: The number of murders in the United States rose nearly 30 per cent in 2020 and overall violent crime rose for the first time in four years, the FBI reported in its annual crime report, in a surge experts attribute in part to COVID-19 hardships.

Murder and non-negligent manslaught­er offences rose 29.4 per cent in 2020 over 2019, marking the largest annual increase since national records began in the 1960s, the New York Times and Washington Post reported.

Overall, violent crime was up 5.6 per cent to nearly 1.3 million incidents, although property crime fell 7.8 per cent to nearly 6.5 million incidents, marking the 18th consecutiv­e year that property crimes had decreased.

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