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Hundreds die in overcrowded Honduras prison fire


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Hundreds die in overcrowded Honduras prison fire

More than 350 people have been killed in a fire at a jail in Honduras.

Initial reports put the death toll around 270, but the figure has risen dramatically, and may still increase, according to officials.

Around 800 inmates were being housed in the complex – a number well above the maximum capacity.

The blaze tore through the prison in the town of Comayagua, around 75 kilometres north of the capital Tegucigalpa.

Unconfirmed reports claim firefighters were delayed from going in to tackle the blaze because shots were fired inside the prison.

UN statistics show the Central American country has the world’s highest murder rate and prisons are filled with heavily-tattooed rival gang members.

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