Mexico prison riot: On Tuesday, sixteen inmates were killed and five others injured in a prison in Mexico after the worst outbreaks of violence in the country’s troubled penal system.
A statement released by the authorities revealed that the bloody riot that broke out in the Mexico prison started at about 2.30 pm during visiting hours at the Regional Center for Social Reintegration, a men’s prison in Ciengeguillas in the state of Zacatecas.
Police restored order by 5 p.m. and found a cache of weapons in the prison, including four guns, ammunition, and more than two dozen blades and knives. Authorities also confiscated drugs, including 77 “doses” of marijuana, Mexico’s El Universal newspaper reported.
Although the Police are yet to disclose the actual cause of the fight, it is believed that visitors snuck many of the weapons into the prison during visiting hours
The Mexican news agency Proceso reported that it was believed to have been sparked by a dispute over a soccer game between two groups of inmates.
Several other news outlets claim the fight was between rival cartel members.
This is the worst jailhouse violence since 28 inmates were killed in an Acapulco prison in 2017. Source: New York Post.