At least five people were killed and another 39 injured during a brawl Thursday in a maximum security prison in eastern Honduras, the president of the Association of Relatives of the Deprived of Liberty, Delma Ordonez, reported.

"There are 39 people injured, 15 of them were transferred to the Hospital Escuela, in Tegucigalpa, and there are five confirmed deaths in the prison," Ordóñez told reporters.

The fight took place between inmates of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and Barrio 18 gangs in the La Tolva prison, Morocelí municipality of El Paraíso department, she said.