Weekly Report - 18 August 2022 (WR-22-33)

ECUADOR: Guayaquil bombing highlights escalation of gang war

Ecuador, already in the grip of a serious violent crime wave that is unprecedented in the country’s recent history, is grappling with a troubling new criminal dynamic – the use of explosives by gangs against their rivals and the authorities. In the most serious of these attacks to date, five people were killed and 17 injured on 14 August when a blast ripped through a residential street in the port city of Guayaquil, the capital of Guayas province. President Guillermo Lasso declared a state of exception in Guayaquil in response to the attack, the fourth such emergency measure he has decreed for the city since taking office in May 2021.

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