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Number of murders in US up by more than 10% in 2015

Published 26/09/2016

Attorney general Loretta Lynch said the numbers show that
Attorney general Loretta Lynch said the numbers show that "we still have so much work to do" (AP)

The number of murders reported by local law enforcement agencies in the US jumped by more than 10% in 2015 compared with the year before, according to the FBI.

New crime statistics showed the estimated number of murders in the nation was 15,696, or a 10.8% jump from the 2014 estimate.

The FBI said that, overall, violent crime rose by 3.9% in 2015. But it is still down from where it was five and 10 years ago.

Attorney general Loretta Lynch addressed the new statistics during a speech in Little Rock.

She said that while the numbers show that "we still have so much work to do", 2015 represented the third-lowest year for violent crime in the past two decades.

She said crime is stable or down in many communities.

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