TEGUCIGALPA – Unidentified gunmen killed three members of the same family on Wednesday after bursting into the victims’ residence in northern Honduras, the National Police said.
The triple murder occurred in Las Minas, a village on the highway that runs from Santa Rita to El Progreso, a city in the northern province of Yoro.
An undetermined number of gunmen shot the victims – two men and a woman – inside the dwelling, police said, citing eyewitness accounts.
No arrests have been made in connection with the murders and no motive has been identified, the National Police said.
Honduras, a transit country for narcotics bound from South America to the United States, is averaging nine murders per day in 2019, officials said.
A total of 26 multiple murders – defined as the killing of three or more people at one time – have been registered in the Central America nation, where 1,316 have been recorded, according to official figures.
Many of the massacres are linked to turf wars between rival drug trafficking gangs, officials said.
President Juan Orlando Hernandez’s administration has taken several measures to reduce the violence, such as creating new security forces to fight crime.
In 2018, according to official figures, 3,682 murders, or 41.27 murders per 100,000 inhabitants, were recorded in Honduras, making the Central American nation one of the most dangerous countries in the world without an armed conflict.