Ten drug dealers killed during violent gunfire in Honduras

Drug violence kills 10 in Honduras

Tue, 06 Aug 2013 17:31:26 GMT

At least 10 people have been killed in an exchange of gunfire between drug-dealing rival gangs in northern Honduras, as the Latin American country is inundated with lethal narcotics-related crime, officials say.

Army spokesman Col. Jeremias Arevalos said Monday that the Nicaraguan drug gang, Centeno, have faced off against another drug gang led by Honduran Fredy Marmol over drug trafficking routes and cocaine shipments in the border province of Gracias a Dios.

The Honduran deputy defense minister added that the Nicaraguan drug kingpin, Victor Centeno, was killed in the battle and his body was transported by his gunmen over the border into Nicaragua.

Honduras has become a main transit route for drug traffic from South America.

Drug traffic-related violence has driven the country’s intentional homicide rate to the highest level in the world, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, with 6,239 intentional homicides, or 82.1 per 100,000 of population in 2010.

The growing violence has especially climbed since the US-backed military coup in the country.

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