Mexico prison riot leaves 14 dead

BBC News
August 8, 2010

Police in Mexico say at least 14 inmates have been killed in a prison riot in Matamoros, in Tamaulipas state, close to the US border.

Local media say rival gangs fighting for control of the prison attacked each other with a variety of sharp weapons.


The prison system is struggling to cope with the large number of drug offenders jailed in President Felipe Calderon’s battle against powerful drug cartels.

Last month, prosecutors accused prison officials at a jail in Gomez Palacio in Durango state of allowing inmates to leave the prison at night to carry out revenge killings, even providing them with the weapons to carry out the attacks.

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