Brawl in Mexican jail kills 23

A jail fight between rival gangs in northwestern Mexico killed 23 inmates on Wednesday.

Brawl in Mexican jail kills 23

A jail fight between rival gangs in northwestern Mexico killed 23 inmates on Wednesday.

Inmates at the jail outside the city of Durango stabbed rivals with makeshift spears sharpened with tools from the jail workshop and left victims bleeding from their chests and necks, state security forces said.

Officials at the Durango state attorney general's office said the brawl started at breakfast when prisoners linked to the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel clashed with new arrivals from the rival Gulf cartel and its armed wing, the Zetas.

"There are 23 dead, all inmates," said General Moises Melo Garcia, who commands the army in Durango. "The situation in the prison is now back under control."

Dozens of soldiers and federal police in body armor streamed in to restore order. Family members wept and shouted outside, asking if their loved ones were among the dead.


Reuters

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