Wednesday, September 27

Fight in Mexican prison leaves eight inmates dead and seven injured

A confrontation between inmates of a prison in the Mexican state of Colima (west) left eight people dead and seven injured, the Secretary of Security of said entity reported on Tuesday.

The “fight” between two groups of prisoners began at 9:00 a.m. local time (3:00 p.m. GMT) in the prison’s dormitories, where a few minutes later shots were heard, for which public security agents and the prosecutor’s office entered the compound, detailed the secretariat in a statement.

“At 9:25 a.m. the perimeter was secured, they proceeded to enter and at 10:00 a.m. total control was recovered” of the prison, added the authority.

In the dormitories, the agents found seven of the deceased inmates and eight wounded who were transferred to hospitals, where one of the injured later died.

“In the first reviews, various sharp weapons and a firearm have been found in the bedrooms,” the secretariat said in the statement.

Meanwhile, the governor of Colima, Indira Vizcaíno, reported through Twitter that she has asked the local prosecutor’s office to carry out an investigation to determine responsibilities for the incident.

Riots, murders and escapes are common in Mexican prisons, due in part to overcrowding and the presence of members of criminal gangs among the inmates.

In February 2016, a fight between rival inmates left 49 dead in the Topo Chico prison, in the state of Nuevo Léon (north). The jail was closed in 2019 after other incidents.

jla / sem / ag