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13 Killed in Shootout at Honduran Prison


Honduran officials say at least 13 people have been killed and 30 others wounded following a shootout between inmates at a prison on the outskirts of the capital, Tegucigalpa.

Authorities say Thursday's confrontation at the National Penitentiary involved two rival groups of prisoners who fired shots at each other in what was described as a territorial dispute. The incident took place in a cell block known as "Casablanca," which houses inmates considered dangerous.

Officials say the situation has now been brought under control and security at the facility reinforced.

The incident took place nearly two years after a fire at a San Pedro Sula prison housing gang members left 104 inmates dead. Authorities blamed the fire on an electrical short circuit, but survivors alleged it was no accident.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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