Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Prison fire relatives storm Honduras morgue

A woman faints during clashes when relatives of inmates killed during a prison fire stormed the morgue in Tegucigalpa, Honduras (AP/Esteban Felix)

Hundreds of relatives of inmates who burned or suffocated to death in a Honduras prison fire have forced their way into a morgue to demand the remains of their loved ones.

Prosecutors spokesman Melvin Duarte said women and a few men pushed into the morgue, broke into a refrigerated container and opened at least six body bags.

He said police used tear gas to chase the people from the morgue in Tegucigalpa, which is Honduras' capital. He said no one was injured during Monday's confrontation, although at least one woman fainted.

The fire in a crowded prison last week in the city of Comayagua killed 359 prisoners. There were 852 inmates at the prison, more than double the capacity.

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