Hon­duras: At least 18 killed in prison riot

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Second Front -

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.

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