October 3, 2022

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‘Declaration of war against government’: Five killed in shooting, explosion in Ecuador

“Declaration of War on the State”
5 killed in shooting and bomb attack in Ecuador

The homicide rate in Ecuador has doubled in just a few years. Drug gangs are fighting for dominance in the country. After an explosion that killed several people, the government blamed “mercenaries of organized crime”.

Bomb attack in Ecuador kills 5 and injures 20 The government blamed organized crime for the crime in the western city of Guayaquil. Interior Minister Patricio Carrillo said on Twitter that “mercenaries from organized crime” carried out the attack with explosives. “This is a declaration of war against the government.”

“Either we can unite” in the fight against organized crime, or “the cost to society will be greater”, Carrillo instructed. According to rescue services, the explosion destroyed eight houses and two cars. The exact path of the attack was initially unclear. According to local media, gunshots and then an explosion were heard.

Murder rates rise, violence in prisons

Ecuador borders Colombia and Peru, two of the world’s largest producers of cocaine. Meanwhile, Ecuador has developed into a central hub for the supply of drugs to Europe and the United States. Different gangs fight for supremacy. Also, Mexican drug cartels use Ecuador to profit from their illegal businesses.

Violence has also increased in Ecuador due to the activities of drug cartels. The South American country’s homicide rate has risen from six to 14 murders per 100,000 people since 2018. Violence often runs rampant in Ecuadorian prisons. More than 350 inmates have been killed in Ecuadorian prisons since February 2021.

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