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Six women prisoners murdered by inmates in Honduras

/ 01:55 PM May 25, 2020

Forensic Medicine experts carry the body of one of six inmates killed during clashes at the Centro de Adaptacion de Mujeres (CEFAS), in Tamara, Francisco Morazan municipality, 20 km north of Tegucigalpa, on May 24, 2020. Photo by ORLANDO SIERRA / AFP

TEGUCIGALPA — Six women were killed by alleged gang members at a women’s prison near the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa, the National Penitentiary Institute said on Sunday.

The killers broke through gates and the roof of a building at the women’s prison in Tamara, 10 kilometers to the north of Tegucigalpa, “to go to the gymnasium where six prisoners were staying and murdered them,” said the INP.

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One prisoner had earlier caused a diversion by starting a fire in a dormitory where two inmates quarantined over the coronavirus pandemic were sleeping, in a building housing 1,300 prisoners.

Firefighters put out the fire but two women were injured.

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Security forces “reestablished order and control” before beginning an investigation, INP said.

Some inmates published audio recordings on social media blaming gang members.

The gang members entered “the nursery, they don’t even respect children because they say they’re MS-13,” one woman said, referring to the Mara Salvatrucha criminal gang that is active in North and Central America.

“When they want to they come and throw stones at us and tell us they’re going to kill us, that they’re going to set fire to us. We’re tired and the director does nothing,” added the woman.

The president of the Prisoners’ Association, Delma Ordonez, has complained to authorities that coronavirus quarantine has provoked psychological problems among inmates.

At least one prisoner has died of COVID-19 in Honduras, which has reported 20 cases in two of its 30 prisons that hold more than 21,000 inmates.

The country has recorded more than 3,700 cases and 174 deaths.

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