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Brazil prison clash between two rival factions kills 25 inmates

The Bloodshed Began When Clash Began Between Two Rival Factions In A Prison When Inmates Of One Wing Of The Agricola De Monte Cristo Prison Broke Into Another Wingon Sunday.

PTI | Updated on: 17 Oct 2016, 11:20:08 AM
Brazil prison clash between two rival factions kills 25 inmates

Sao Paulo:

At least 25 inmates died in clashes between two rival factions in a prison in far northern Brazil. Seven of the dead were beheaded and six burned to death in fighting at a prison in Boa Vista, the capital of Roraima state, the news site G1 reported, citing local police.

The bloodshed began when inmates of one wing of the Agricola de Monte Cristo prison broke into another wingon Sunday. Inmates were armed with knives and wooden clubs, an inmate's wife who was in the prison when the riot broke outtold G1.

Roraima state Secretary of Justice Uziel Castro said that the fight erupted during visiting hours, and some 100relatives of inmates were briefly held hostage. The rioters demanded that a judge come to hear their demands. Instead Special Operations Police stormed the prison,released the hostages and regained control of the site by sundown.

"All the hostages were released," Castro said, adding that most of them were women. The prison, some 3,400 kilometres northwest of Rio de Janeiro, is in a state that borders Venezuela. Police and state officials did not immediately respond to phone calls from AFP.

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First Published : 17 Oct 2016, 11:13:00 AM

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