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Honduras shooting probe contradicts witness claims

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- An official investigation in Honduras has found that two victims of a shooting during a joint U.S.-Honduran anti-drug operation were not pregnant and none of the gunfire that killed anyone came from a law-enforcement helicopter. That contradicts witness statements and claims by human rights groups.

Four people in all were killed during the May raid in the Mosquitia region. Locals claimed they were innocent civilians traveling a river at night. Honduran police said the victims were in a boat that fired on authorities. The DEA said none of its agents fired in the incident.

The chief of Honduras' Office of Human Rights says two female victims were not pregnant as witnesses reported.

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