Honduran officials say 10 killed in gunbattle between rival gangs

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – Authorities in Honduras say 10 people died in a shootout between rival drug gangs fighting over a cocaine shipment in northern Honduras.

Carlos Funez says a Nicaraguan was killed in the battle in the of Gracias a Dios. Funez said Monday that Victor Centeno’s body was taken by his over the border into .

Army spokesman Col. Jeremias Arevalos says Centeno’s group faced off a led by Honduran Fredy . Arevalos says the two groups have been fighting over routes and .

Honduras has become a main for South American cocaine, and violence tied to trafficking has helped drive the country’s homicide rate to the highest level in the .

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