The president of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele has in a twitter post told the nation that on Saturday 28th December 2019, there was no reported murder.
The Central American country records about 9 homicides each day mainly due to gang violence and going 24 hours without any reported murder is a cause for celebration.
Podemos confirmar que el sábado 28 de diciembre cerró con 0 homicidios a nivel nacional.
Gracias a Dios. pic.twitter.com/nS3fc4oWWY
— Nayib Bukele (@nayibbukele) December 29, 2019
The country has one of the highest murder rates in the world according to the United Nations.
Most of the violence is caused by criminal gangs, known locally as maras, which operate across Central America.
The criminal groups were formed initially in the streets of Los Angeles in the 1980s by children of Salvadoran migrants escaping the country’s brutal civil war.
When the war ended in 1992 and many of them returned home, they took the LA gang culture with them.
The maras or pandillas are involved in drug trafficking, robbery and extortion.
The two main street gangs active in the region are Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, and Mara-18, or 18th Street Gang.