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Ecuador riots kill 41 prisoners while trying to escape

As a result of clashes in a prison in Ecuador, more than 40 prisoners were killed, 13 were injured.

According to Ukrinform, this is reported by Xinhua with reference to the office of the Attorney General of Ecuador.

The number of captives who died during a morning prison riot in Ecuador’s north-central province of Pichincha has risen to 43.

It is noted that according to preliminary data, the riots arose when a group of prisoners tried to escape.

After the clashes, the national police took control of the prison. “Prison authorities blamed the outbreak on the recent transfer of gang leaders to the La Roca Maximum Security Prison in the southwestern city of Guayaquil,” Xinhua said.

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To find and confiscate weapons, law enforcement officers promise to clean up the prison.

The penitentiary system of Ecuador is in a state of crisis due to constant clashes between criminal gangs associated with the drug trade.

“Last year, the country experienced several riots that killed at least 331 prisoners, making the local prison system the bloodiest in Latin America,” the agency notes.

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