January 5, 2006

At least 13 killed in Honduras prison clash

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (Reuters) - At least 13 people were
killed on Thursday in a clash between inmates at a prison in
Honduras, the latest deadly incident in the Central American
country's notorious penal system, an official said.

One person was also wounded by gunfire in the fight at a
high-security wing of a national penitentiary 12 miles north of
the capital city, national prison chief Jaime Banegas told

He said the clash was later brought under control.

In May 2004, a fire swept through a jail in the lowland
Honduran city of San Pedro Sula, killing more than 100 inmates,
all of them members of the Mara Salvatrucha street gang that
has been targeted in a controversial government crackdown.

Survivors of the blaze said guards had prevented prisoners
from getting out of their smoke-filled cells, and family
members said they suspected it was no accident.

Scores of inmates, including gang members, died in April
2003 in a jail riot in the port city of La Ceiba.