updated 5/3/2008 3:04:28 PM ET 2008-05-03T19:04:28

At least 18 inmates have died in a prison fight, a Honduran police official said Saturday.

Security Ministry Spokesman Wilmer Torres said 31 prisoners were attacked by their cellmates with knives and guns just hours after they were transferred Friday night to a prison in Tegucigalpa from San Pedro Sula, north of the capital.

The prisoners fought back, engaging in a bloody battle. Thirteen survived.

Torres said the prison was under control later Saturday and that police continued an investigation into a motive for the attack.

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