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El Salvador: homicide rate up to civil war-era level

Police guard the site where a bus driver was murdered in San Salvador on July 29, 2015 during the third day of a transport strike over the lack of security in the violence-plagued countryViolence fueled mainly by street gangs left 907 people dead in El Salvador last month, a level of bloodshed unseen since the civil war of the 1980s, authorities said Tuesday. The daily average is 18, compared to 17 during the 1980-1992 war, said National Police chief Mauricio Ramirez. El Salvador is believed to have some 72,000 gang members, 13,000 of whom are behind bars.

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