Riot at main Honduras prison kills 3, injures 8

Riot at main Honduras prison kills 3, injures 8
# 04 August 2013 04:53 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. A riot broke out Saturday in Honduras' National Penitentiary, a main prison in the central region, killing at least three inmates and injuring eight others, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

Earlier in the day, members of a gang clashed with other inmates at the prison, which is located 15 kilometers north of the country's capital and houses 3,351 inmates.

The violence left three gang members dead and eight others injured, including three prison guards, said a report released by the police.

The report also said a contingent of armed police was sent to guard the hospital where the wounded inmates were taken.

The specific causes of the riot were still under investigation, the police added.

Due to deteriorating public security, the country's 24 prisons, which were built for some 8,000, now hold more than 12,000 inmates. The prisons are awash with impoverishment, riots and corruption.

Last year, a fire at the Comayagua prison killed more than 350 people, which was the deadliest accident ever to take place.

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