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46 women were savagely killed at a prison in Central America, after a rival female gang locked them in cells and set fire to them

Nathan Rennolds   

46 women were savagely killed at a prison in Central America, after a rival female gang locked them in cells and set fire to them
  • A brutal prison female gang war left 46 women dead after rivals set fire to their cells, reports say.
  • The gang members, armed with guns and machetes, locked the women in their cells.

Fourty-six women were killed in a horrific prison riot in Tamara, Honduras, on Tuesday after a rival gang gained access to their cell block.

Some of the women were burned to death after being locked in their cells, according to The Guardian.

The rival gang members wielded guns and machetes as they opened fire and slashed away at the inmates, The Guardian reported.

"A group of armed people went to the cellblock of a rival gang, locked the doors, opened fire on those inside," Juan López Rochez, the chief of operations for the country's national police, said, per the report.

He said they then "used some kind of oil to set fire to them," adding that that was still under investigation.

Yuri Mora, a spokesperson for Honduras' national police investigation agency, said that some bodies were burned so badly that it would be "difficult to identify them."

The attack is thought to have been carried out by members of the notorious Barrio 18 gang against the rival Mara Salvatrucha, also known as MS-13.

Elvia Valle, the director of the National Committee for the Prevention of Torture, said they "were killing selectively," according to El País.

It was "like a horror movie," Valle said, adding that "this tragedy should never have happened."

Honduran President Xiomara Castro said that the attack was planned "with the knowledge and acquiescence of security authorities," per The AP.

Castro has since declared that she intends to take "drastic measures" and has already fired her security minister Ramón Sabillón.

Honduran prisons have long suffered from gang violence, with riots and retaliatory strikes commonplace.

It is also not the first time inmates in the country have been killed in a fire. In February 2012, hundreds of prisoners were killed in a fire in an overcrowded prison in the town of Comayagua.

As of October 2022, there were around 20,000 prisoners in Honduras, despite the official capacity of the prison system being just 13,000, per the World Prison Brief.


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