TEGUCIGALPA, 18 JUN – Five dead and about forty wounded in Honduras are the toll of clashes between gangs of prisoners that took place yesterday in the La Tolva prison, in the El Paraíso department. This was reported today by the newspaper La Tribuna. Citing sources from the Honduran judiciary, the newspaper indicates that it all began with the explosion of a rudimentary bomb inside the prison facilities when the inmates’ meetings with their families were about to begin. This sparked the immediate reaction of the members of two gangs – ‘Pandila 18’ and ‘Salvatrucha MS-13’ – who fought for hours with sidearms and firearms. Large police forces arrived on the scene and managed to regain control of the detention center in the early afternoon, while the bodies of the five fatal victims, closed in white plastic bags, were placed on the open space in front of the prison awaiting be transferred to the morgue of the departmental hospital. The death toll is not yet final, because the prison officers have not yet explored all the pavilions where the battle took place, and because at least 13 of the wounded are in serious condition. (HANDLE).