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Equador: 62 dead in prison riots, govt blames gang wars

Feb 24, 2021 08:53 IST | By AP

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. Authorities said that 800 police officers have been helping to regain control of the facilities. Officials said that two groups were trying to gain “criminal leadership within the detention centers” and that the clashes were precipitated by a search for weapons carried out Monday by police officers. Photographs and videos on social media show alleged inmates decapitated and dismembered amid pools of blood.

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