Land skirmishes in Honduras have killed 11 people after peasants armed with machetes and automatic rifles have tried to take over farm-rich lands.

Police spokesman Julio Benitez says two peasants and four guards at the Paso del Aguan ranch died Sunday when 300 peasants tried to invade their ranch.

Benitez says police found the bodies of five peasants Monday in a trash dump near the ranch. He says they included three men and two women.

The Aguan valley in Honduras' northern state of Colon has been plagued by land conflicts. At least 35 peasants and ranch guards have been killed over the last two years.

Security Secretary Oscar Alvarez says 1,000 soldiers and police officers will be sent to the area.

Based on reporting by The Associated Press.

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