Again riots occur in Ecuadorian prisons

Again riots occur in Ecuadorian prisons

At least 69 inmates have died in clashes between two warring gangs in an Ecuadorian prison. The latest riots took place in the same prison where the riots took place that killed 119 inmates last September.

Inmates at a prison in Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city, attack each other with guns, explosives and machetes.

Pablo Arosemena, governor of Guayas, where the prison is located, said the clashes that took place were extremely brutal.

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The clash happened at around 7 p.m. on Friday (12/11) when a number of inmates stormed Block 2, where their rival gang is located, firing guns, throwing explosives and wielding machetes.

“This incident occurred following a territorial dispute between two gangs that were inside the prison,” Ecuadorian police commander Tannya Varela said.

A total of 68 detainees were killed while 25 others were injured in the clashes.

One of the prison gangs, the Tiguerones, lost its leader because he was released after serving his prison sentence.

Another gang, sensing the weakness of the Tiguerones who have lost their leader, decides to attack them.

More than 300 detainees have been killed this year in Ecuador where thousands of detainees linked to drug gangs have assaulted each other. (AFP / OL-1)


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