Mexico prison riot leaves 52 dead near Monterrey

Mexico prison riot leaves 52 dead near Monterrey

Mexico prison riot leaves 52 dead near Monterrey

Written by Staff Writer

12 Feb, 2016 | 6:34 am

A battle between rival groups at a prison near Monterrey in northern Mexico has left 52 inmates dead.

Nuevo Leon state Governor Jaime Rodriguez said 12 other people were injured in Topo Chico jail after prisoners fought with “sharp weapons, bats and sticks”. A fire was also started in a storage room. Officials say the situation is under control and no inmates escaped.

Crowds of relatives outside the jail blocked roads, demanding information. Some threw sticks and rocks and tried to pull the prison gate open as riot police blocked their way.

The incident comes just days before Pope Francis is due to visit a prison in the northern city of Ciudad Juarez, an area notorious for violence between drugs cartels. Initial reports said up to 60 people had died and anxious families of inmates had to wait several hours before Mr Rodriguez confirmed the numbers.

It is not clear if either of the two men are among the victims.

A report by the National Human Rights Commission in 2014 said the Topo Chico prison housed about 4,600 inmates but was only designed to hold 3,635.

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