Saturday, September 17, 2016

Police Officer, 5 Others Killed in Honduran Capital

TEGUCIGALPA – Gunmen killed at least six people, including a police officer, in a poor district of the Honduran capital, authorities said.

The multiple homicide occurred Wednesday in the Abraham Lincoln neighborhood of western Tegucigalpa while the victims were talking at a grocery store, a forensic spokesperson told EFE.

Eyewitnesses said between six and eight armed men arrived in two pickup trucks at the establishment and opened fire.

The victims included an off-duty police officer, two moto-taxi drivers and two woodworkers, Luis Osabas, spokesman for the Security Secretariat, which oversees the National Police, told reporters.

Investigators have not yet determined a motive, he added.

Criminal violence has been responsible for an average of around 14 deaths per day in Honduras thus far in 2016, authorities say.

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