Ecuador investigates eight reported extrajudicial killings during state of emergency

Ecuador’s attorney general’s office is investigating eight extrajudicial killings reported to have taken place during the country’s most recent state of emergency.

President Daniel Noboa declared the emergency amid spiraling violence in the Andean country, which officials blame on drug trafficking gangs. Under the measure Noboa deployed thousands of troops on streets and in prisons, with security forces making more than 18,000 arrests.

The attorney general’s office said it is also looking into dozens of accusations of torture and other alleged abuses.


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