Gang clash at Ecuador prison kills 24 inmates and injures 48

Jail officers in Ecuador say a riot in a penitentiary in coastal metropolis of Guayaquil has killed 24 inmates and injured 48 extra

A police and navy operation managed to regain management of the regional jail after 5 hours, based on an announcement from Ecuador’s jail service.

Guayas state Gov. Pablo Arosemena stated at a information convention exterior the jail that order had been restored. “The presence of the state and the law must be felt,” he stated.

The violence concerned gunfire, knives and explosions and was brought on by a dispute between the “Los Lobos” and “Los Choneros” jail gangs, officers stated.

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In July, President Guillermo Lasso decreed a state of emergency in Ecuador’s jail system following a number of violent episodes that resulted in additional than 100 inmates being killed.

The bloodiest day occurred in February, when 79 prisoners died in a simultaneous riot in three prisons within the nation. In July, 22 extra prisoners misplaced their lives within the Litoral penitentiary, whereas in September a penitentiary heart was attacked by drones leaving no fatalities.