Death Toll in Honduras Women’s Prison Gang Violence Rises to 46
Death Toll Rises to 46
The official death toll from the devastating fire and violent clashes between rival gangs at a women’s prison in Honduras has tragically risen to 46, according to the prosecutor’s office. The initial count of 41 was revised as authorities worked to identify the victims of the harrowing incident that took place on Tuesday. The fate of all the victims, including whether they were all inmates, remains uncertain, leaving anxious families desperately seeking information.
Desperate Families Await News as Death Toll Climbs
Located approximately 25 kilometers north of the capital, Tegucigalpa, the prison became a scene of deadly violence. Edgardo Barahona, a police spokesman, reported a “preliminary” death toll of 41 women, but it remained unclear if they were all incarcerated individuals. Five other women sustained injuries and were promptly transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. Distraught relatives of the incarcerated women gathered outside the detention facility, anxiously awaiting updates on their loved ones’ well-being.
Investigation Aims to Identify Gang Responsible for Prison Violence
According to Delma Ordonez, a representative for inmates’ relatives, the violent incident was instigated when members of one gang infiltrated the cell of a rival group and set it ablaze. Media reports indicated that this particular section of the prison was completely destroyed by the fire. The facility, known as CEFAS, held approximately 900 inmates at the time. The majority of the victims lost their lives in the blaze, while some bodies bore evidence of gunshot wounds. An ongoing investigation aims to identify the gang responsible for the initial attack.
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