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World Eight inmates killed in Mexico prison fight

13:10  23 may  2020
13:10  23 may  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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PUENTE GRANDE, Mexico (Reuters) - A violent clash at a prison in Mexico 's central state of Jalisco on Friday left eight inmates dead and another eight prisoners hospitalized with injuries, state security officials said. They said the fight broke out as inmates participated in a sports activity.

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PUENTE GRANDE, Mexico (Reuters) - A violent clash at a prison in Mexico's central state of Jalisco on Friday left eight inmates dead and another eight prisoners hospitalized with injuries, state security officials said. 

A pick-up truck goes through a checkpoint at the Puente Grande State prison in Zapotlanejo, Jalisco State, Mexico, on 9 August, 2013 where former top Mexican cartel boss Rafael Caro Quintero -- who masterminded the kidnap and murder of a US anti-drug agent in 1985 -- was informed early Friday that a court ordered his release. A criminal court in the western state of Jalisco approved Rafael Caro Quintero's release on August 7, a court official who asked not to be identified told AFP. Caro Quintero has served 28 years in prison for the 1985 murder of US Drug Enforcement Administration special agent Enrique Camarena, who was kidnapped in Guadalajara and tortured and murdered.  AFP PHOTO / HECTOR GUERRERO        (Photo credit should read HECTOR GUERRERO/AFP/Getty Images) © Photo credit should read HECTOR GUERRERO/AFP/Getty Images A pick-up truck goes through a checkpoint at the Puente Grande State prison in Zapotlanejo, Jalisco State, Mexico, on 9 August, 2013 where former top Mexican cartel boss Rafael Caro Quintero -- who masterminded the kidnap and murder of a US anti-drug agent in 1985 -- was informed early Friday that a court ordered his release. A criminal court in the western state of Jalisco approved Rafael Caro Quintero's release on August 7, a court official who asked not to be identified told AFP. Caro Quintero has served 28 years in prison for the 1985 murder of US Drug Enforcement Administration special agent Enrique Camarena, who was kidnapped in Guadalajara and tortured and murdered. AFP PHOTO / HECTOR GUERRERO (Photo credit should read HECTOR GUERRERO/AFP/Getty Images)

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Sixteen inmates were killed and five wounded in a prison fight in the northern Mexican state of Zacatecas, authorities said, in one of the worst outbreaks of violence in the country's penal system since President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took power.

A fight between prisoners at a jail in Matamoros in northern Mexico has left 20 inmates dead, the authorities say. A dispute between two inmates escalated overnight as other prisoners got involved, officials said. State and federal police were called in to help the guards regain control at the prison

During the incident at a jail in the Puente Grande complex, three people were killed by firearms and four others died from beatings, Jalisco's prosecutor Gerardo Octavio Solis said in a press conference.

Authorities later confirmed another death, after nine people were initially hospitalized. They said the fight broke out as inmates participated in a sports activity.

Officials said jail staff never lost control of the facility or were threatened, and that they recovered two firearms and a homemade explosive device.

Five people were detained for having a possible role in the confrontation. As part of the investigation, authorities said they will probe whether any public officials were involved.

(Reporting by Jose Luis Osorio; Writing by Daina Beth Solomon; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)

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