Security Message: Possible Repercussions of Killing of 18th Street Gang Leader

Multiple sources report: On January 27, 2016, a high ranking gang member of the Mara 18, under the guard of the Honduran National Police (HNP), was assassinated by six to eight armed rival gang members  while receiving treatment at the La Granja Medical Center. A member of the HNP was also killed in this highly coordinated attack. Whenever a high ranking gang member is murdered, there is always the possibility that the targeted gang will initiate reprisal killings against the assailants.  U.S. citizens are advised to exercise extreme caution and to avoid all gang controlled areas of Honduras, especially in Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula.