Four Officers Killed in Honduras

By Dialogo
February 20, 2013

During the last three days, four police officers were killed in Honduras due to an unstoppable wave of violence, despite the military and police deployments ordered by President Porfirio Lobo, officials informed on February 19.

In an offensive against organized crime and to reinforce the Police forces, Porfirio Lobo’s government sent 1,500 militaries to the most conflictive neighborhoods in the main cities of Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula, and the most violent in the world due to drug trafficking, gangs, and common crime.

“Since February 15, four of our people have been killed: two members of the Special Cobra Corps, a Class 1 and a police officer,” Ministry of Security spokesman Héctor Iván Mejía, stated.

On the evening of February 17, two Cobra members were killed in a shooting at a restaurant located in the Lomas de Toncontín neighborhood, in southern Tegucigalpa, while they were serving as bodyguards of a 17 year-old, who also died in the shooting.

The teenager was the son of the former chief of the Investigative Police, Commissioner Ricardo Ramírez del Cid, and the attack was attributed to alleged gangs members.

In the afternoon of the same day, unidentified individuals killed a police officer and his son on a soccer field at Residencial Plaza.

On February 15, more unidentified individuals killed a policewoman while she was on a public bus near the National Stadium.

According to the 2012 U.N. Global Report on Crime and Justice, Honduras is the most violent country in the world, without war, with a homicide rate of 92 per cent per 100,000 inhabitants, exceeding ten times the international rate.

The situation is becoming very difficult for the Region; and what has been seen in Honduras is just a reflection of the complex situation that Central America is facing .
From the North border of GUA-MEX up to the South border of Costa Rica with Panama, they deserve much more attention than expected.