Ecuador’s military takes control of provinces taken over by drug and crime groups

The 60-day emergency measure includes a nighttime curfew for the most violent areas in towns such as the port of Guayaquil, the country's commercial hub.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A 9,000-strong military and police force took control of Ecuador's three provinces hardest hit by drug trafficking and crime, which have left more than 1,200 dead so far this year and led the government to declare a state of emergency.

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