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Six dead in Honduran airport massacre

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Honduran authorities believe that Friday’s massacre of six people at San Pedro Sula’s international airport was the result of a turf war between organized criminal gangs.

“This was a battle between two delinquent factions”, said Security Secretary Pompeyo Bonilla.  He denied that it had anything to do with the recent deaths of nine prisoners in San Pedro Sula’s central prison, but said that investigations are ongoing.

In addition to the six men killed, three others and one woman were wounded in the shooting, which took place in the airport parking area.  One of the injured men, Orlando Andino Rivera, appears in police files as having been detained for homicide in the death of a transit police officer in the town of Santa Barbara two months ago.

After the ambush a pickup truck, apparently stolen in the coastal town of La Ceiba at the beginning of the month and used as a getaway car, was found burned nearby.  Family members claiming the bodies indicated that they are all from La Ceiba.

Authorities said they are analyzing video from airport security cameras and will conduct a “thoroughly professional” investigation.