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Honduras: 41 women killed in riot in Tegucigalpa prison after police crackdown on illicit activity inside jail

At least seven female inmates were being treated at a Tegucigalpa hospital for gunshot and knife wounds, employees there said.

Edited By: Ajeet Kumar @Ajeet1994 New Delhi Updated on: June 21, 2023 7:43 IST
Family members wait outside the entrance of the women's
Image Source : AP Family members wait outside the entrance of the women's prison in Tamara

Tegucigalpa: In a shocking development, a riot at a women's prison in Honduras killed at least 41 women, most of them burned to death, in violence linked to gang activity on Tuesday. According to Yuri Mora, the spokesman for Honduras' national police investigation agency, most victims were burned but there also were reports of inmates shot at the prison in Tamara, about 50 kilometres northwest of the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa.

At least seven female inmates were being treated at a Tegucigalpa hospital for gunshot and knife wounds, employees there said. Julissa Villanueva, head of the country's prison system, suggested the riot started because of recent attempts by authorities to crack down on illicit activity inside prisons and called Tuesday's violence a reaction to moves "we are taking against organized crime.”

“We will not back down,” Villanueva said in a televised address after the riot.

Gang war inside prison is common

Gangs often wield broad control inside the country's prisons, where inmates often set their own rules and sell prohibited goods. The riot appears to be the worst tragedy at a female detention center in the region since 2017, when girls at a shelter for troubled youths in Guatemala set fire to mattresses to protest rapes and other mistreatment at the badly overcrowded institution.

The ensuing smoke and fire killed 41 girls. The worst prison disaster in a century also occurred in Honduras, in 2012 at the Comayagua penitentiary, where 361 inmates died in a fire possibly caused by a match, cigarette or some other open flame. 

(With inputs from AP)

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