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Crime 'bigger killer than war'

Everyday crime is a far greater source of armed violence than war, an international study has said.

Authors of the 2011 Global Burden of Armed Violence report said about 526,000 people die violently every year. That is more than 1,400 people a day.

The report, released in Geneva, puts the number of people killed in war each year at about 55,000.

That is far less than the estimated 396,000 murdered outside of armed conflict annually. Another 54,000 die due to unintentional violence, or manslaughter.

The Swiss-funded report said police operations result in 21,000 deaths a year.

There are big regional variations. Mexico's Chihuahua state has a violent death rate of 129 per 100,000 inhabitants, far above the global average of 7.9 per 100,000.

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