Numerous Deaths in Prison Fire in Honduras
A fire in a women's prison near the capital city of Tegucigalpa in Honduras has resulted in numerous fatalities and several injuries. The incident may be linked to clashes between rival youth gangs.
According to preliminary official reports, at least 41 people have died in a fire and clashes at a women's prison in Honduras. Additionally, at least seven women have been taken to hospitals with injuries, as reported by the television channel Televicentro. Investigations are underway, stated a spokesperson for the country's Attorney General's Office to the channel. The prison is located in the town of Támara, approximately 35 kilometers northwest of the capital city, Tegucigalpa.
Vice Minister of Security Julissa Villanueva stated that "organized crime" is behind the incident. According to media reports, the fire occurred on Tuesday morning (local time) following fights between rival youth gangs, Pandilla 18 and Mara Salvatrucha. Bladed weapons are said to have been used during the clashes.
Violence in multiple prisons
Desperate relatives gathered outside the prison, awaiting information. In recent weeks, acts of violence have occurred in several prisons in Honduras. The government, led by left-leaning President Xiomara Castro, recently appointed a special commission to address the crisis in the penitentiary system.