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Inmates escape, set fire to prison in Honduras

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October 23, 2009 03:46 PM EST | AP


TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Police say escaped inmates set fire to a prison, a public market and a cultural center in western Honduras before authorities stopped the riot and captured 76 of the 79 fugitives.

Police spokesman Orlin Cerrato says officers shot and wounded 11 of the inmates who escaped Friday from a state-run prison in the town of Santa Barbara, located about 220 miles (350 kilometers) west of Tegucigalpa.

Three inmates remain at large. Cerrato says two of the fugitives have been convicted of murder and one has been convicted of robbery.

Inmates from the prison will stay in a city stadium until they are relocated to facilities in nearby communities.