Riots in Honduras prisons ignited by the notorious Mara Salvatrucha gang have killed 37 inmates since Friday, according to a government official. 

Assistant Security Minister Luis Suazo said Monday the gang, commonly known as MS-13 in Americas, ordered the deadly prison protests in response to emergency measures decreed by the government last week to curb gang violence across the country.

“We have information that the MS is behind this and gave the orders to carry out these attacks,” said Suazo, adding that the “attacks” were launched by MS members in all cases.

The death toll from Sunday’s riots in

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