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Monday, 16 April 2012

El Salvador marks first murder-free day in three years... -

El Salvador marks first murder-free day in three years... - 

No one was murdered in El Salvador on Saturday in what was the first homicide-free day in nearly three years for the Central American country plagued by violent drug gangs, according to officials.

"After years when the number of murders reached alarming levels of up to 18 per day, we saw not one homicide in the country," President Mauricio Funes said in a statement on Sunday.

The murder-free day was the first recorded since Funes, a leftwinger, took office in June 2009.

At the beginning of Funes's term, the country had an average of 12 murders a day, but that climbed closer to 18 a day in early 2012.

Rival gangs operating in El Salvador called a truce last month and bloodshed between the country's two most powerful gangs, Mara Salvatrucha and Mara 18, has abated.

According to United Nations data, El Salvador has experienced a homicide rate of 66 per 100,000 people, one of the highest in the world.

Much of that violence is blamed on Mexican drug cartels that use the country as a transit point.

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