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Honduras still to identify 300 bodies from prison fire
 
TEGUCIGALPA, Feb 25 (BSS/AFP) - Honduran authorities on Friday moved some 300 unidentified bodies of prisoners killed in last week's jail fire to a facility in Tegucigalpa for forensic examinations to identify the corpses.

The inmates were killed February 14 at the Comayagua prison when an apparent accidental fire raged through overcrowded cellblocks, trapping and killing 360 of them. Many of the bodies were burned beyond recognition.

A team of investigators from the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said a cigarette was the most likely source of the blaze.

The inability of forensic experts to identify all the corpses and the slow return of the bodies to relatives has prompted outrage toward the Honduran government from family members.

The bodies were being held in a makeshift morgue at a medical center before being transferred Friday to the National Police Academy, officials said.

The Honduran government plans to "continue the process of identifying the bodies," Public Ministry spokesman Melvin Duarte told reporters.
 
 
 
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