Nearly 22,500 Colombians died violently in 1990, more than half of them by firearms, and some 200 people have been killed since the start of 1991, crime experts said.

A report from the Center for Criminology Investigation said 60 people were killed every 24 hours last year, or 22,468 violent deaths, of which 16,315 were caused by firearms and 566 by explosions.The report said since New Year's Day, some 200 people have been killed in guerrilla operations or common crimes, including 36 police, 12 soldiers, and 10 rebels.

The new year began with a wave of violence by rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, who declared war on the government in December after the army destroyed their main headquarters.