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18 dead in Honduran prison attack

13 prisoners survived
May 3, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Honduran police official says at least 18 inmates have died in a prison attack. Security Ministry spokesman Wilmer Torres says 31 prisoners were attacked by their cellmates with knives and guns just hours after they were transferred Friday night to a prison in Tegucigalpa from San Pedro Sula, 110 miles (180 kilometers) north of the capital.

The prisoners fought back, engaging in a bloody battle. Thirteen survived.

Torres said the prison was under control later Saturday and that police are investigating a motive for the attack.

 

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