Dozens dead after Ecuador prison riots sparked by gang fights and escape bid

Dozens dead after Ecuador prison riots sparked by gang fights and escape bid

The Guardian

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At least 62 inmates have been killed in jails in three cities, with 800 police required to quell the violence

Sixty-two inmates have died in riots at prisons in three cities in Ecuador as a result of fights between rival gangs and an escape attempt.

Edmundo Moncayo, director of prisons, said in a news conference on Tuesday that 800 police offices have been helping to regain control of the facilities. Hundreds of officers from tactical units had been deployed since the clashes broke out late Monday.

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