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  Death squad killed 20 in Peru

Death squad killed 20 in Peru

AFP
Published : Aug 24, 2016, 6:43 am IST
Updated : Aug 24, 2016, 6:43 am IST

A so-called “death squad” established within the Peruvian National Police has executed at least 20 criminals extrajudicially, amid a growing wave of insecurity in the South American country, the inter

A so-called “death squad” established within the Peruvian National Police has executed at least 20 criminals extrajudicially, amid a growing wave of insecurity in the South American country, the interior ministry found.

Earlier this month the ministry announced a probe into the alleged abuses after they surfaced in media reports. “There are serious indications of the existence of an irregular group formed by officers and noncommissioned officers of the National Police of Peru,” Ruben Vargas, deputy minister of internal order, said on Tuesday.

Those officers “falsified intelligence information feigning confrontations in order to take out people in at least six cases,” he said.

The killings were carried out for economic gain and promotions, which are generally given for capturing gang members. Most of the killings were carried out between 2011 and 2016, with the squad leader receiving two promotions and six awards in recognition of fighting crime.

Location: Peru, Lima