16 members of a family slaughtered in Honduras

Sixteen members of an extended family were killed Thursday in a remote area of the eastern Honduran province of Olancho, a relative of the victims said.

Tegucigalpa: Sixteen members of an extended family were killed Thursday in a remote area of the eastern Honduran province of Olancho, a relative of the victims said.

The National Police have yet to confirm that the massacre took place, Security Ministry spokesman Hector Ivan Mejia told News Agencies.

Leonidas Carrasco told reporters that his daughter, Teodora, and her husband, Anastacio Almendarez, were slain along with a number of children.

One of Carrasco`s grandchildren survived because he was not home at the time of the attack.

Regarding the motive for the bloodbath, Leonidas Carrasco said it might have had something to do with a dispute over a land transaction.

The police chief in the municipality nearest the scene of the purported massacre said he received "extra-official information" about the killings.

Catacamas police chief Eli Medina told the media, his office was advised that "there are 16 people dead, including some burned".

Honduras, with an average of 15 homicides per day, is regarded as the most violent nation in Central America.

IANS

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