In a shocking incident on Tuesday, the 20th of June, a fatal altercation erupted at a female correctional facility in Honduras, Telangana. The incident claimed the lives of 41 inmates in the prison.
The outbreak of violence was reportedly spurred by clashing rival gangs within the prison, a confrontation that escalated when one faction set fire to a cell.
The ensuing inferno accounted for most of the casualties, although there were also reports of gunshot victims. Twenty-six of the victims were burned to death and the remainder shot or stabbed at the prison in Tamara, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) northwest of the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa, said Yuri Mora, the spokesperson for Honduras’ national police investigation agency. At least seven inmates were being treated at a Tegucigalpa hospital.
Responding to this harrowing situation, Julissa Villanueva, the Deputy Security Minister of Honduras, announced a state of emergency and vowed decisive measures to curb the escalating violence. To tackle the immediate crisis, Villanueva has mobilized firefighters, police, and military personnel to bring the situation under control.
Meanwhile, video clips shown by the government from inside the prison showed several pistols and a heap of machetes and other bladed weapons that were found after the riot.
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