Thursday, September 30, 2021

Ecuador jail: Death toll in Guayaquil prison fight passes 100 - BBC News

At least 116 people are now known to have died in a fight between rival gangs in Ecuador's jail, officials say, making it the worst prison violence in the country's history.



At least five inmates were decapitated in Tuesday's clashes in the city of Guayaquil, while others were shot dead.

Police commander Fausto Buenaño says the prisoners also threw grenades.

It took 400 police officers to regain control of the jail, which houses inmates linked to global drug gangs.

Local media report that the uprising was ordered by powerful Mexican drug trafficking gangs that are now operating in Ecuador.

Ecuador's prisons service director Bolivar Garzon told local radio the situation was "terrible"...

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El Gobierno de Ecuador, tras la masacre en una cárcel de Guayaquil, declaró estado de excepción en el sistema penitenciario y abrió la posibilidad para que militares y policías ingresen en esos centros, con el objetivo de desmantelar bandas violentas que libran una guerra por el control de las prisiones.....

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