Gang Riot Leaves 28 Dead In Mexico Prison

by Antonio Miles July 8, 2017, 0:24
Gang Riot Leaves 28 Dead In Mexico Prison

Officials initially gave a death toll of five and indicated that the riot was limited to the maximum-security wing.

"The incident [was] caused by permanent struggle between opposing groups inside the prison", the official said in a statement posted on his Facebook page.

Roberto Alvarez, a spokesman for Coordination Guerrero, which liaisons between state and federal law enforcement agencies, said scuffles erupted at 4 a.m. local time (1:00GMT Friday). In addition to 28 dead, three people were injured, he said. He added that "the recovery of the bodies took place in the areas of the security module of the corridor of Block 1 and outside of the kitchen, as well as in the interior, in the yard of Block 3 and one last in the area of conjugal visits".

Relatives gathered outside the prison after hearing about the riot and called for information about those they knew.

Mexico's chronically overcrowded prisons are frequently hit by riots and jailbreaks.

Acapulco is the biggest city in Guerrero, one of Mexico's most lawless states and a center of opium poppy production that has been a major concern to USA officials.

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A USA embassy official could not provide details about the Homeland Security chief's activities on Thursday.

In March 2017, 29 accused drug cartel members allegedly tunneled their way out of a prison in Tamaulipas state.

Acapulco was one of Mexico's most popular tourist destinations, but an explosion of violence was recorded as rival gangs are fighting to control illegal activities.

Despite reports of gunfire in the prison, all the casualties were due to wounds from sharp instruments, such as the improvised weapons that are fashioned by inmates, Mr Alvarez said.

In June, Mexico's governmental rights agency issued a report that said numerous country's prisons are unsafe, overcrowded and understaffed.


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