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.