A prosecutor assigned to the human rights unit was gunned down Monday in the southern Honduran province of Choluteca, an official spokesman said.

The incident occurred just a few meters (yards) from the prosecutor's office in Choluteca, where Manuel Diaz "was hit by at least 11 bullets," the spokesman said.

"We have no idea who killed him, we only know that there were two individuals on a motorcycle," he said.

Honduras' assistant attorney general, Roy Urtecho, condemned the slaying of the prosecutor and requested a life sentence for murderers of lawyers and journalists.

"I condemn these murderers who are really cutting short the lives" of attorneys, said Urtecho, who is also president of the Honduran bar association.

Attorney Antonio Trejo, who represented peasants trying to reclaim land in the Caribbean province of Colon, was slain over the weekend in Tegucigalpa.

The lawyer, who traveled to Tegucigalpa to attend a wedding, was fatally shot when he stepped outside the reception to take a telephone call, according to press accounts.

In 2011 there were 86.5 homicides for every 100,000 inhabitants, according to figures of the state Human Rights Commission, making this country one of the most violent in the Americas. EFE