28 inmates killed in Mexico prison riot

28 inmates killed in Mexico prison riot

28 inmates killed in Mexico prison riot

At dawn, in the "centre of social rehabilitation of Las Cruces, a fight occurred between the detainees, 28 people died and three wounded", said at a press conference Roberto Alvares, spokesperson in charge of the security in Guerrero, stating that the dispute is due to the "ongoing fight between rival groups inside the prison". State police have temporarily taken control of the prison, backed by federal police and the army, which set up a security cordon outside.

Acapulco is the biggest city in Guerrero, one of Mexico's most lawless states and a centre for opium poppy production.

Many riots have been breaking out in Mexican prisons as they are often overcrowded and there is a lot of corruption.

Officials initially gave a death toll of five - but the toll soared as police searched the rest of the prison.

Relatives and friends of inmates gather outside a state prison where state police secures the area in Acapulco, Mexico, Thursday, July 6, 2017.

Authorities found bodies throughout the wing, inside and outside the kitchen, as well as the area for conjugal visits, he said.

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At least 28 people have been killed following a gang-related brawl inside Acapulco prison in Mexico

The killings at the prison exemplify the most recent increase in violent crimes.

The governor of Guerrero has called for an investigation into staff at the prison, according to Alvarez.

A gun battle between two competing drug gangs in the northern state of Chihuahua state killed 14 people Wednesday, Al Jazeera reported.

Early a year ago, 49 people died in a battle between members of the feared Zetas drug cartel and rivals at a prison in the northern industrial city of Monterrey. All of the casualties, he said, were caused by improvised weapons that inmates fabricated.

Acapulco, a resort town on Mexico's Pacific coast, has been hit by grisly violence between warring drug cartels in recent years.

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