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Gunmen kill 14 in Honduras football "massacre"

Hooded gunmen have shot dead 14 people playing a football match in Honduras.

AT LEAST 14 people have been killed in Honduras after masked gunmen stormed a pitch where a football match was about to begin and opened fire.

Euronews reports that gunmen approached the group and opened fire at close range with assault rifles.

The attack took place in San Pedro Sula in the north of the country.

The killings are believed to be related to a gangland feud, deputy security minister Armando Calidonio confirmed.

Sky New quotes police commissioner Leonel Sauceda as saying:

There were 14 of them at a football field in the Felipe Zelaya housing development. Some guys showed up and started firing at them. Ten of them were killed instantly.

The remaining four died en route to the city’s Mario Catarino Rivas Hospital.

Honduras is now one of the world’s most dangerous countries. The state’s murder rate stands at 78.8 killings per 100,000 people during 2010, according to a report by the government human rights ombusdman.

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