By Marion V. Ali
At least seven children have been murdered after refusing to join criminal gangs in Honduras.
In the most recent incident, police found the body of a seven-year-old boy who appeared to have been tortured. Authorities found his 13-year-old brother dead a day before.
The crimes took place over the last month in an area dominated by street gangs in the industrial city of San Pedro Sula.
Honduras has one of the highest murder rates in the world. The constant battling between the country’s main maras, or street gangs – Mara 18 and Mara Salvatrucha is the cause of the most of the violence in Honduras.
Police investigators had already said they believed street gangs were behind the killings. The violent maras are also believed to be responsible for thousands of killings in neighbouring Central American countries such as El Salvador and Guatemala.