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Gang Blamed for Honduras Massacre

Police officers inspect the bodies of victims of a massacre in a soccer field in San Pedro Sula,  Honduras, Saturday Oct. 30, 2010.  A carful of attackers armed with assault rifles drove up to the football field  Saturday and opened fire, killing at least 14 people.(AP Photo)

Police officers inspect the bodies of victims of a massacre in a soccer field in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Saturday Oct. 30, 2010. A carful of attackers armed with assault rifles drove up to the football field Saturday and opened fire, killing at least 14 people.(AP Photo)

Nine members of the Mara 18 Gang apparently used AK-45 and M-16 weapons to massacre 14 people on a football field in the northern city of San Pedro Sula in Honduras, according to the Vice Minister for Security Armando Calidonio.

Calidonio says the nine killers were apparently gunning for a youth named Froylan, who was one of the eight injured in Saturday's attack. He says the shooting appears to be part of a battle for gang territory in the northern city of San Pedro Sula.

Mass shootings are not uncommon in Honduras and "mara" street gangs are often blamed for rampant violent crime, extortion and drug cartel killings.

Calidonio says that after the shooting, the killers checked each of the bodies — apparently to see if they had gang tattoos or weapons.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.