Five dead in organized crime attack in Ecuador

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An explosion in a working-class neighborhood in Guayaquil, Ecuador, left five people dead and 17 injured early Sunday. President Guillermo Lasso, who has pointed the finger at organized crime, declared a state of emergency in the city.

Five people were killed and 17 injured in an explosion in Guayaquil, Ecuador, blamed on organized crime on Sunday, August 14, prompting President Guillermo Lasso to declare a state of emergency in the coastal city.

“I have declared a state of emergency in the city of Guayaquil due to the criminal incidents of the past few hours. All public forces will be available to regain control of the city,” the president said on Twitter. Guillermo Lasso , who took office a year ago, said his government “will not allow organized crime to try to run the country”.

The port of 2.8 million people in the southwest of the country will be in a state of emergency from Sunday and will last 30 days, said Diego Ordóez, national secretary for public security and state security. , during a press conference.

Interior Minister Patricio Carrillo told a news conference that five people killed in an explosion in the popular neighborhood of Cristo del Consuelo on Sunday morning have been identified and have no criminal records. He said 17 people were injured in the blast, some of whom had criminal records. “Many, if not most, remain silent and unwilling to contribute to the investigation,” he said. Earlier, officials said 20 people were injured.

Shortly before the explosion, two unidentified men on motorcycles arrived at the scene and left near a restaurant “a bag” likely to contain “a powerful explosive device”, General Zarate reporting the first elements of the investigation . Explain. According to the SNGR, eight houses were also destroyed in the explosion, which were completely destroyed by the explosion, two cars and a motorcycle.

$10,000 reward

“Either we are able to unite to confront (organized crime), or the price to pay will be even higher for society,” warned Patricio Carrillo, who would be responsible for any information on the attack. Will announce a reward of $10,000 (9,750 euros) for the individual. ,

Quieter neighbors to Colombia and Peru, the world’s two biggest cocaine producers, Ecuador is now the hub of white powder shipments to Europe and the United States and a site of territorial dispute, according to reports. managers and analysts. ,

Mexican cartels, keen to manage all business activities from production to shipping, have found Ecuador in a one-dollar economy where they don’t want to manage their illegal income and authorities gang up and quickly become corrupt. . Overwhelmed by the economy.

The country, which was only a place of transit for years, has become a “sanctuary of organized crime”, former military intelligence chief Mario Pazmino recently told AFP.

According to a recent report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Ecuador, with a population of 18 million, is the third country in the world with the highest number of drug seizures. in 2020, after Colombia and the United States. . 6.5% of the 1,424 tonnes seized worldwide.

This lucrative traffic leads to many lusts and violent settling of scores that the authorities are struggling to control. According to data from the Ministry of the Interior, the murder rate has increased from 6 to 14 per 100,000 inhabitants between 2018 and today. The clashes between the gangs have also spread to prisons and since February 2021, more than 350 inmates have died.

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