Three women were shot to death Monday by unknown gunmen in the city of San Pedro Sula, in northern Honduras, in an incident that took place on the same day that the governing party's winning candidate in last November's election, Juan Orlando Hernandez, was sworn in as president of a country where criminal violence takes the lives of an average of 20 people per day.

According to the National Police, the triple murder occurred in the Lomas del Carmen housing project in San Pedro Sula for unknown reasons.

Upon taking the oath of office as Honduras' president, Hernandez on Monday "immediately" ordered the security forces out onto the streets to combat crime.

As president of the Legislature, Hernandez - an attorney by training, a lawmaker since 2008, a tourism industry businessman and a reserve infantry lieutenant - promoted the creation of the Military Police consisting of 5,000 officers, which began operations last November under the authority of the Defense Secretariat to reduce crime in the Central American country.

According to figures compiled by the Center for Women's Rights, or CDM, a non-governmental organization, more than 500 females were murdered in Honduras in 2013.

Honduras is one of the most violent nations in the world, according to the U.N. EFE