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Latino Daily News

Friday November 25, 2011

3 Die in prison brawl in Honduras

3 Die in prison brawl in Honduras

Photo: Prisoners in a Honduras Jail

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Three inmates were killed and several others wounded in a brawl at a prison in the northern Honduran city of San Pedro Sula, authorities said.

An investigation is already underway, the police spokesman in the country’s second-largest city, Oscar Aguilar, told reporters.

Josue Alvarez, Santos Madrid and Hector Perez were stabbed to death. All three men had entered the prison within the last 10 days and were facing drug and racketeering charges, the spokesman said.

Nine inmates died and three others were hurt last month inside the penitentiary in San Pedro Sula, a crumbling, overcrowded institution.

Honduras experiences an average of 20 homicides a day and authorities attribute much of the killing to youth gangs.

Hoping to curb the mayhem, President Porfirio Lobo launched “Operation Lightning,” a crime-suppression effort involving hundreds of police and soldiers.

The initiative began Nov. 1 and has had no discernible effect on the level of violence.

Corrupt police officers have been linked to some of the murders that have made Honduras the most dangerous country in a region notorious for rampant crime.