World Six die as Bolivian police storm prison

20:09  14 march  2018
20:09  14 march  2018 Source:   bbc.com

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the Bolivian government press office (ABI), shows the corpses of five of the six inmates who died in a riot, that bursted during a police operation to seize weapons and drugs, at the Palmasola prison , in Santa Cruz de la Sierra eastern Bolivia , on March 14, 2018.
Police stormed a riot-torn prison .

LA PAZ, Bolivia - Police stormed a riot-torn prison in Bolivia early Wednesday, killing six inmates in an operation that also left nearly two dozen people injured, authorities said. Bolivian prisons have capacity for 3,730 inmates, but hold more than 15,000, according to One prisoner died in the blaze.

Four of the inmates captured after breaking out of the Palmasola jail in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, 05 March 2018.: At least six inmates escaped last week, but four were quickly recaptured. © EPA At least six inmates escaped last week, but four were quickly recaptured.

Six inmates were killed in a notoriously overcrowded prison in Bolivia on Wednesday when police stormed the penitentiary.

About 2,000 officers raided Palmasola prison in Santa Cruz before dawn. The move followed an uprising last week by inmates disgruntled over the removal of certain privileges.

Police chief Alfonso Mendoza said there had been "complete lawlessness" inside the lockup, which has the reputation for being one of Bolivia's most violent.

More than 5,200 people are held in Palmasola, but only a few hundred have been sentenced. The others are awaiting trial.

Deputy Interior Minister Jose Luis Quiroga said the six inmates killed had been "resisting the police incursion" with firearms.  Police said they had regained control of the prison after seizing vast amounts of drugs, alcohol and weapons. 

The prison uprising started nearly 10 days ago, after the Bolivian government banned children younger than 6 from visiting incarcerated relatives.

Pope Francis visited Palmasola in 2015 and met inmates who complained about inhuman conditions.

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