Honduras: At least 18 killed in prison riot
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Inmates, some with firearms, rioted at a prison in Honduras on Friday, killing at least 18 people and injuring 16 others, authorities said.
The violence, which occurred in Tela in the Atlántida region on the Caribbean coast, came several days after Honduras declared a state of emergency in its prison system. The measure suspended civilian leaders in prisons and replaced them with a special commission led by military and police officers.
However, the transfer of control to the special commission had not been completed when the riot broke out at the Tela prison, said a spokesman for the new prison command system.