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

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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