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Sixteen inmates have been killed in a fight between rival gangs at a Honduran prison, less than two days after deadly violence at another prison.

Officials said guns, knives and machetes were used in the fight yesterday at El Porvenir prison east of the capital, Tegucigalpa.

There has been a wave of prison violence in Honduras, where prisons are notoriously over crowded.

The government declared a state of emergency in the prison system last Wednesday, transferring control to security forces.

President Orlando Hernandez made the decision after five members of the MS-13 gang were killed while in detention.

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