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Belize Home Affairs Minister Kareem Musa


August 5, 2022 | By Colin O. Jarrett |

A state of emergency has been declared in Belize to quell gang warfare in the Lake Independence area that occupies portions of western and southern Belize City.

Police have detained 31 active gang members.  Police have also said that those detained belong to the PIC and Backalands gang, which have been embroiled in a bitter feud for several years.

The authorities said tension between both gangs led to a spate of shootings.

Home Affairs Minister Kareem Musa said over the past few days, several young people have lost their lives and that the community is very tense, very volatile and on edge at the moment.

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