MONTEVIDEO – The number of murders in Uruguay rose to 154 during the first half of the year, up 8.5 percent from the same period in 2014, with 54 percent of the killings solved, the Interior Ministry said.
Some 43 percent of the homicides were the result of disputes or the settling of scores between criminals, the National Bureau on Violence and Crime, an Interior Ministry Agency, said in a report.
Other causes of homicides were violent assault (21 percent), domestic violence (14 percent) and spontaneous confrontations (10 percent).
Montevideo, the South American country’s capital, registered 93 murders, with men accounting for 82 percent of the victims and firearms being used in 70 percent of the cases.
In 10 percent of the murder cases, the assailants were teenagers, and 16 women were killed by their partners, former partners or relatives, the report said.
A total of 16,199 domestic violence cases, or 13 percent more than the 14,342 cases in the first six months of 2014, were registered during the January-June period.