Eighteen Inmates Die in Prison Riot in Honduras

President Juan Orlando Hernandez Orders Military to Take Control of Country's Jails

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At least eighteen people were killed in a prison riot in Honduras, the authorities reported on Saturday.

The overnight fighting happened in a prison in Tela, about 120miles from the capital Tegucigalpa.

The unrest, which was described by the authorities as gang violence, left twelve other people injured.

The National Penitentiary Institute said several guns and ammunition were later recovered from the inmates.

Bodies of those killed in the violence were judicial morgue of San Pedro Sula for autopsies.

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez has ordered the army and the police to take full control of the country’s 27 prisons following the recent surge in prison violence.

General Tito Livio Moreno, a top military officer, indicated that the military would be deployed to eighteen high-risk detention centres.

On December 14, five members of feared gang Mara Salvatrucha were killed by a fellow prisoner. The killings came a day after the killing of Pedro Idelfonso Armas, the warden of El Pozo, the country’s main high-security prison.