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Death Toll Climbs to 4 in Mexico Prison Riot

MEXICO CITY – A riot at a prison in the northern Mexican city of Cadereyta left four inmates dead and 21 other people wounded, Nuevo Leon state officials said on Wednesday.

The initial account of the violence put the number of fatalities at two, but two additional bodies were found during an inspection after authorities regained control of the prison, the state government said.

The wounded, including a guard, were taken to Hospital Universitario.

About 50 inmates were involved in Tuesday’s incident, according to the official statement.

Inmates attacked the prison pharmacy and set fire to a cellblock during the riot, which came a day after some 600 prisoners staged a protest against the implementation of new security measures.

In a report released March 15, Mexico’s independent National Commission on Human Rights denounced “the lack of authority in the Nuevo Leon penitentiary system.

The situation is made worse by problems such as overcrowding, “which generate environments of violence,” the commission said.

 

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