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Thousands mourn victims of Germany shooting massacre with massive march

Around 10,000 demonstrators in Germany on Sunday marched through the town of Hanau to mourn nine victims who were fatally shot by a suspected right-wing extremist last week.

Addressing the crowds, Hanau Mayor Claus Kaminsky called the past week among the “blackest and darkest” the town had ever experienced during peacetime, the Germany News agency dpa reported.

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Thousands of people take part in a funeral march in Hanau, Germany, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020.  (Nicolas Armer/dpa via AP)

But he qualified that those who want to pull apart society won’t succeed, “because we are more and we will prevent that.”

The armed suspect, a 43-year-old German man, fatally shot nine people in the Frankfurt suburb on Wednesday before apparently killing his mother and himself.

Five of the victims were reportedly Turkish citizens. The attacker left rambling texts and videos in which he espoused racist views, called for genocide and claimed to have been under surveillance since birth.

Turkey’s ambassador to Germany, Ali Kemal Aydin, warned that Turkish immigrants in Germany are experiencing more and more hate crimes in the country.

“This cannot and this must not continue,” Aydin said at the protest.

The racist killings were Germany’s third deadly far-right attack in recent months. The rampage followed October’s anti-Semitic attack on a synagogue in Halle and the slaying in June of a regional politician who supported Chancellor Angela Merkel’s welcoming policy toward migrants.

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The killings come at a time when the Alternative for Germany has become the country’s first extreme-right political party to establish itself as a significant force in decades. All of the victims had immigrant roots, and many are accusing the party of producing a climate where extremism and racism can flourish.

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There have been daily candlelight vigils for the victims since the shooting and another big protest against racism on Saturday that also drew thousands. A memorial for the victims is planned for later this week.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Muslim man stabbed at London mosque: reports

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A Muslim man was stabbed at a London mosque during afternoon prayers Thursday, according to police.

The man was taken to a hospital after he was stabbed at London Central Mosque near Regent’s Park just after 3 p.m.

“He was treated by paramedics before being taken to hospital,” a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said in a statement. “We await an update on his condition.”

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Images apparently from the scene posted on Twitter show police holding down a man wearing a red jumpsuit on the mosque floor.

Witnesses said the man who was stabbed is the mosque’s muezzin, the person who calls Muslims to pray.

A man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of attempted murder.

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On Wednesday, a “far-right extremist” shot and killed nine people at a hookah bar in Germany.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Drug kingpin Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman appears in rare prison video after 2016 arrest

Meet the man formerly known as prisoner “3870” who just happened to be among the most powerful drug lords in Mexico.

A video has emerged purportedly showing Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman being booked into a detention center in 2016.

The footage, first obtained by the news website Latinus, shows Guzman answering a series of questions at the Altiplano prison, a maximum security facility in Mexico.

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A man believed to be Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, is pictured in what is believed to be the Altiplano prison in 2016, in this still image taken from a video supplied by news site Latinus on February 18, 2020. LATINUS/via REUTERS

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He states that his alias is “El Chapo,” his occupation is a “farmer,” and when asked for his wife’s name, responds: “The one I’m married to is Alejandrina Salazar, but the one I live with is Emma Coronel,” according to Reuters.

Guzman is shown signing paperwork while clad in a prison jumpsuit that has the number “3870” emblazoned on it. He sits down with his hands behind his back so a prison worker can take a booking photo.

Images the website obtained also depict Guzman getting a haircut and mustache trim. He is then searched before being led into his cell.

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A man believed to be Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, is pictured in what is believed to be the Altiplano prison in 2016, in this still image taken from a video supplied by news site Latinus on February 18, 2020. LATINUS/via REUTERS

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It was not immediately clear how Latinus obtained the video.

Juan Pablo Badillo, a lawyer for Guzman in Mexico, told Reuters his impression was that the video appears in line with the facts about what happened that day.

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In 2015, “El Chapo” escaped from the same facility through a 1-mile-long tunnel that opened into the shower area of his cell.

The former Sinaloa Cartel leader was extradited to the U.S. in 2017 and is now serving a life sentence at ADX Florence, dubbed the “Alcatraz of the Rockies.”

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Coronavirus panic led to Hong Kong toilet paper theft at knifepoint: police

Two masked thieves in Hong Kong were arrested Monday after holding a delivery man at knifepoint and stealing hundreds of rolls of toilet paper, as panic over a lack of supplies grows in the world financial hub currently fending off the widespread outbreak of the coronavirus on the Chinese mainland.

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A group of three men wearing masks approached a delivery man around 6 a.m. local time outside the Wellcome Supermarket in Hong Kong’s Mong Kok district. One man wielded a knife. They then stole more than 600 rolls of toilet paper worth about $130 from the delivery truck, police said.

Two of the men were later arrested, police said. Hong Kong authorities said they also recovered the stolen toilet paper. Police are still searching for a third man involved. The robbery took place in an area of Hong Kong known for its history of “triad” crime gangs, BBC News reported.

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People queue up to buy face masks in Hong Kong, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

According to local officials, there have been 58 confirmed cases of the novel strain of coronavirus, known as COVID-19, in Hong Kong. Authorities have tried to quiet fears over a lack of supplies in the city and have urged residents not to buy supplies like toilet paper in bulk. One person died in Hong Kong last week after becoming ill with the virus – the first death in the city.

Social media images showed Hong Kong residents hoarding supplies in their small apartments, the New York Post reported. The supermarket where the robbery occurred denounced the “senseless” toilet paper heist, assuring residents that recent, temporary shortages were caused by people overbuying.

“We want to emphasize that we have sufficient toilet roll supply to meet demand,” Wellcome Supermarket said in a statement. “The temporary shortage was caused by the sudden and unusual surge in demand.”

At least five people have died outside of mainland China from the virus. In total, more than 70,500 people in China have been infected with COVID-19 and 1,770 have died on the mainland, Chinese officials said.

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On Monday, China’s National Health Commission announced 105 new deaths over the past 24 hours. Most of those deaths were in the Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak, but three new deaths were recorded in neighboring Henan Province and two in Guangdong, the province next to Hong Kong.

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‘Furious’ female protesters storm Mexico City following young woman’s grisly murder

Hundreds of women have taken to the streets of Mexico City to protest the grisly murder and mutilation of a young woman, spray painting “we won’t be silenced” on the capital’s National Palace and facing off with riot police.

The killing last weekend of Ingrid Escamilla, of Mexico City, comes as Mexico is grappling with a rise in gender-related attacks. Her boyfriend, who was been arrested, purportedly confessed to killing the 25-year-old with a knife, mutilating her body and flushing part of her corpse into the sewer. But the outrage over the death has grown after some local media published photos of Escamilla’s skinned corpse, apparently leaked by police officers.

“It enrages us how Ingrid was killed, and how the media put her body on display,” the protesters said in a statement read aloud Friday during the demonstrations.

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The protests in Mexico City come after last week’s vicious murder of Ingrid Escamilla by her boyfriend and controversy unleashed by the leaking of images of her body to the press, in a country where an average of 10 women are killed every day. (AP)

“It enrages us that the public judges us, saying ‘this isn’t the right way to express your rage,'” they added. “We are not mad, we are furious.”

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Protesters Friday morning first spray-painted slogans such as “we won’t be silenced” on the facade and doorway of the capital’s National Palace as President Andrés Manuel López Obrador held his daily news conference inside.

Hours later hundreds marched to the offices of a media outlet that published images of the crime scene, and a newspaper truck outside was  set ablaze. Some spray-painted the plastic shields of riot officers as the crowd chanted “Not one more murdered!” and “Justice!” Police unleashed pepper spray in response.

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A masked protester sprays fire at the entrance to the National Palace, the presidential office and residence, after demonstrators covered it in fake blood and the Spanish message: “Femicide State,” in Mexico City on Friday. (AP)

In the evening, those remaining walked down the central Reforma boulevard, where some bus stop windows were shattered and signs vandalized.

About 10 women are killed each day across Mexico, the government and activists say. Last year, there were 3,825 in all, up 7 percent from 2018, according to federal figures.

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Not only have attacks on women in Mexico become more frequent, they have become more grisly, the Associated Press reported. In September, a young female musician in the southern state of Oaxaca was burned with acid by two men who testified they were hired by a former politician and businessman who allegedly had an affair with her.

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Riot police form a cordon during a demonstration by women against gender violence in Mexico City on Friday. (AP)

In the past, women’s protests in Mexico City were criticized for damaging historical monuments and city infrastructure, but the damage Friday was minor, and criticism almost non-existent.

Instead, officials condemned media outlets for publishing the photos and said they were investigating police who may have taken the pictures with their cellphones at the crime scene.

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The Interior Department said in a statement it “condemns the publication and distribution of such material, given that it re-victimizes people and promotes sensationalism and morbid curiosity. It is an attack on the dignity, privacy and identity of the victims and their families.”

The president said Friday morning from the colonial-era palace amid the protests that such killings were hate crimes and “an act of brutal machismo.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Dominican convicted murderer who escaped prison twice is recaptured in Panama

PANAMA CITY — Panamanian police on Thursday recaptured a Dominican man convicted of kidnapping and murdering five young people of Chinese descent, two weeks after he escaped prison for a second time.

National Police Director Jorge Miranda told local media that Gilberto Ventura Ceballos was found in the province of Chiriquí bordering Costa Rica.

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Police recaptured Ventura Ceballos, a Dominican convicted of the murder of five university students of Chinese descent, whose second escape at the beginning of February embarrassed security authorities in Panama. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)

Authorities had announced Feb. 4 that Ventura Ceballos had escaped. The latest escape prompted the resignation of the country’s security minister and the firing of the interior minister.

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Ventura Ceballos was sentenced along with a fellow Dominican accomplice to 50 years in July 2018 for the abduction and killing of the five university students about a decade ago. He acknowledged murdering them and burying them beneath the floor of a home in the town of La Chorrera west of Panama City, authorities say.

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Police officers escort prison escapee Gilberto Ventura Ceballos, center, to the police headquarters in Panama City, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)

Investigators said at least two were buried alive. The Dominicans, who ran a cell phone sales business, collected nearly a quarter-million dollars in ransom payments from relatives.

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Ventura Ceballos escaped the first time in December 2016. He was recaptured the following September in Costa Rica. He had dyed his hair and was living under a different name, working at an auto shop.

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Thailand starts releasing shooting victims’ bodies to families; many of the wounded in serious condition

Thailand officials started releasing the bodies Monday of the 29 people killed over the weekend in the country’s worst-ever mass shooting. Many of the 58 others wounded are still said to be in serious condition.

The soldier behind the attack at an airport-themed mall in Nakhon Ratchasima, 31-year-old Sgt. Maj. Jakrapanth Thomma, was infuriated at a land deal brokered by his commander’s mother-in-law, authorities believe. She was one of his victims. The 13-hour standoff ended when Thai special forces shot and killed Thomma, investigators said.

A father of another victim – middle school student Rachanon Kanchanamethi – said at a Buddhist funeral Monday that his son’s life was taken too soon.

“I don’t want to lose him like this,” Nuttawut Kanchanamethi said. “This is too sudden. We had plans for him, growing up. That’s all. We didn’t impose any expectations on him.”

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Members of the Thai special forces carry the coffin a fellow officer killed in a mass shooting, at a military airport in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, on Monday. (AP)

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The 13-year-old, who was his family’s only child, was riding a motorbike home when the gunman fired at him.

Nakhon Ratchasima was not prepared for killing on such a scale. The death toll surpassed Thailand’s last major attack on civilians, a 2015 bombing at a shrine in Bangkok killing 20 people that was allegedly carried out by human traffickers in retaliation for a crackdown on their network.

The lone forensic doctor at the public hospital in Nakhon Ratchasima is performing autopsies before the bodies are released to families, the Associated Press reports, but families were told he can only do six per day, so some won’t be able to retrieve their loved ones until Tuesday.

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People attend a memorial service at the Terminal 21 Korat shopping mall in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, on Monday. (AP)

Thailand’s prime minister said King Maha Vajiralongkorn has offered all of the deceased royally sponsored funeral rites and cremations.

However, many of the 58 wounded are still in serious condition. The Public Health Ministry sent a mental health crisis team to help relatives of the deceased cope with their losses.

Throughout Monday, people dropped by the Terminal 21 mall to offer flowers and leave notes expressing sympathy.

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People write notes and leave flowers at the scene of the shooting. (AP)

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In the evening, several hundred people gathered outside the mall for a memorial service led by a Buddhist monk and lit candles to remember the victims.

The U.S. Embassy says it “stands with the people of Thailand, saddened by tragic events in Nakhon Ratchasima.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Thai soldier kills at least 12 people during shooting rampage: reports

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At least 12 people are dead after a Thai soldier opened fire Saturday night in a popular city just north of Bangkok, according to local media reports.

A spokesman from the Thai Ministry of Defense told the BBC that the shooter, identified as Cpl. Jakraphanth Thomma, opened fire on his fellow soldiers at a military camp before doing the same at a Buddhist temple and a shopping center in Nakhon Ratchasima, just 160 miles northeast of Bangkok.

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Thomma is accused of killing at least 12 people, including his commander, Col. Anantharot Krasae, and two other people on the base before making off in a stolen military vehicle, the Bangkok Post reported.

Part of the shooting was live-streamed on Facebook and Thomma was said to have posted a selfie of himself holding a firearm to social media with the caption “so tired.”

Several images and videos posted to social media appeared to show gunfire near a shopping center parking lot.

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Lt. Gen. Thanya Kriatisarn, commander of the Second Army Region, told the Bangkok Post that authorities are still searching for Thomma who remains at large.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Pablo Escobar’s hitman known as ‘Popeye’ dies after cancer battle

A former hitman for the notorious cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar died in Colombia Thursday after a battle with stomach cancer, prison authorities said.

Jhon Jairo Velásquez, also known as “Popeye,” died at the age of 57 at the National Cancer Institute in Bogota, where he’d been hospitalized since December, the National Penitentiary and Prison Institute said.

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FILE: Jhon Jairo Velasquez, a former hitman for Pablo Escobar, known by his nickname “Popeye,” gives his testimony while holding a book titled “The True Pablo, Blood, Treason, and Death,” during the trial against Alberto Santofimio Botero in Bogota, Colombia.  (AP)

Velásquez has confessed to personally murdering at least 300 people and coordinating the deaths of thousands of others on behalf of Escobar’s Medellin cartel in the 1980s and 1990s. He spent more than 20 years behind bars for plotting the murder of an ex-presidential candidate and was released in 2014 on parole.

After being released, he went on to gain notoriety as an author and YouTube celebrity who delivered angry diatribes against leftist rebels and corrupt politicians and at one point expressed a desire to run for a seat in the senate.

But he didn’t stay out of jail long. In 2017, authorities announced they were seeking his arrest for violating parole after he was caught partying with a major drug trafficker wanted by the U.S. He was eventually captured in 2018 on charges of extortion.

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Velásquez spoke of the murders he committed on Escobar’s behalf in a cold, matter-of-faction fashion, describing in one television interview how he preferred using a revolver and “worked from the eyebrows up.”

He admitted to participating in some of Colombia’s most notorious crimes, including the assassination of Luis Carlos Galán, who was poised to win the presidency when he was shot to death in 1989 after speaking out against powerful drug cartels, and the 1989 bombing of an Avianca flight that left 107 dead.

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Escobar died during a firefight with security forces in Medellin in 1993.

Even while asking for forgiveness, Velásquez continued to express admiration for his former boss, telling El Tiempo newspaper in 2013: “If Pablo Escobar were to be reborn, I’d go with him without thinking.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Top 10 Deadliest European Cities

When compared to U.S. data, European cities can be considered much safer in terms of murder rates. Europe does not contain any of the top 50 cities in the world with the highest murder rate. The “deadliest” city in Europe has less than one tenth of the homicides per 100,000 than the U.S. city with the highest homicide rate.

Here are the 10 European cities with the highest homicide rates, according to a report UN Office on Drugs and Crime released in 2019:

10. Amsterdam, Netherlands 

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Panoramic aerial view of Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, is the 10th most dangerous city, with a homicide rate of 2.2 per 100,000 for a total of 16 murders in the city. From the window brothels to easily accessible psychedelics (magic mushrooms), tourists aren’t the only one who visit Amsterdam for a night of sin — Amsterdam was ranked the most criminally active municipality in 2018, according to Dutch Review.

9. Budapest, Hungary 

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Aerial view of Budapest, Hungary

The murder rate in Budapest also came out to be 2.2 per 100,000. The Hungarian Prosecutor’s office reported 99 murders in 2017. Budapest, the capital of Hungary with a population of about 1.75 million, is known for its famous baths and is sometimes called the “Paris of the East.”  Still, police reported about 62,870 crimes in 2017.

8. Tampere, Finland 

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July 2016, urban capture of Tampere (Finland), HDR-technique

Tampere, though notably smaller than the previous two cities with a population of around 236,000, reported a similar homicide rate of 2.2 per 100,000. Finland has some of the highest crime rates of the Nordic countries.

7. Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom 

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Aerial view over the City of Belfast along the River Lagan with Lagan Bridge in the foreground, ICC Belfast, Lagan Boat and Victoria Square Dome. Belfast, North Ireland, UK

Belfast, the capital and largest city in Northern Ireland, has a murder rate of 2.4 per 100,000, with a population of about 300,000. A study published in the Irish Times found that the crime rate in the Ireland is only 60 percent that of Northern Ireland. The study found that crime in Northern Ireland had increased tenfold over the crime rate of 1945.

6. Celje, Slovenia 

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Summer panorama of the old town of Celje, Slovenia

Celje, the third-largest city in Slovenia, had a murder rate of 2.6 per 100,000 in 2017, however it carried a population of only about 38,000 that year within city limits.

5. Debrecen, Hungary

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Aerial photo of Reformed Great Church in Debrecen city, Hungary

Debrecen, Hungary’s second-largest city after Budapest, had a murder rate of 3.0 per 100,00 in 2017. A cultural hub to the Hungarian people, the city has a population of around 202,000 people.

4. Marseille, France 

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Marseille embankment with yachts and boats in the Old Port and Notre Dame de la Garde., Vieux-Port de Marseille.

One of the busiest port cities along the Mediterranean, Marseille has also lent itself to drug trafficking. The French Connection was a route in which heroin was smuggled from Turkey to France through this city and then on to the U.S. and Canada. Though a major tourist destination today, Marseille in 2017 had a murder rate of 3.5 per 100,000 for a population of about 860,000 people.

3. Klaipeda, Lithuania 

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Klaipeda, Lithuania, at dusk. Old Town and Dane river.

Lithuania’s cities hold the top three slots of the highest murder rates in Europe. Klaipeda had a murder rate of 3.9 per 100,000 in 2017. That same year, Lithuania’s crime rate shot up after the country tightened laws against drunk driving. In 2017 this city had a population of 172,272.

2. Vilnius, Lithuania

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The Cathedral Square, main square of the Vilnius Old Town, Vilnius, Lithuania

Vilnius is the capital of Lithuania and its largest city. Most crimes are reported in Old Town Vilnius, due to the confluence of tourists there, but pickpocketing and thefts of unattended belongings are the most common threat. Vilnius also had a murder rate of 3.9 per 100,000 in 2017. It had a population of about 697,691 that same year.

1. Kaunas, Lithuania

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Kaunas, Lithuania: aerial top view of old town and castle in the autumn

Kaunas is the deadliest city in Europe with a significantly higher murder rate of 5.4 per 100,000 as of 2017. Kaunas is the second largest city in Lithuania, with a population of about 383,764 that same year. This is less than one tenth of the deadliest U.S. city’s murder rate: St. Louis, Mo., had a murder rate of 60.9 per 100,000 in 2018.

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