More cops on Medellín streets after wave of assassinations

Medellín Police increased the number of policemen on the streets in the
city center and in the poor neighborhoods after the assassination of
fifteen people
this weekend.

According to Medellín newspaper El Colombiano, police formed five mobile squads that will patrol the areas where the murders took place and where authorities say is a high presence of criminal gangs.

Medellín Police commander Dagoberto García Cáceres says the murders were committed by members of the Office of Envigado, a paramilitary group whose leader recently was arrested.

Colombia’s second largest city has seen an increase in murders for months and already imposed rigid security measures in February to curb the violence. Rival paramilitary militias are trying to take control over certain parts of the city.

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