Fight over drugs leaves at least 5 dead at San Pedro Sula nightclub

At least five people were fatally shot during a dispute over narcotics at the La Autopista club in San Pedro Sula, which was recently ranked as the world’s most violent city, police said.

Two suspects have been arrested in connection with the Oct. 21 killings, which police said were drug-related because narcotics were found on one of the three victims. Three of the victims died at the nightclub, with the other two pronounced dead at the scene at Mario Catarino Rivas Hospital.

San Pedro Sula has supplanted Mexico’s Ciudad Juárez as the world’s most dangerous city after 1,143 of its 719,447 citizens were killed in 2011, giving it a murder rate of 158.87 per 100,000 residents.

The list was compiled by the Citizen Council for Public Safety and Criminal Justice, a private organization and wing of COPARMEX, the Mexican Employers’ Association, which used 2011 statistics.

Honduras is home to a homicide rate of 92 per 100,000 residents – one of the highest in the world – according to the United Nations.

The Honduran police and human rights organizations claim an average of 15 murders are committed nationwide daily.

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