(*16*)A jail riot left 16 inmates useless and 5 wounded within the central Mexican state of Zacatecas on New Year’s Eve, native authorities mentioned Wednesday.
Prisoners fought one another utilizing handguns and knives, which had been seized after the battle, the Public Security Ministry mentioned.
“On Tuesday afternoon a fight occurred inside the Regional Center for Social Reinsertion which left a toll of 16 inmates dead, as well as five more wounded,” the ministry mentioned in a press release.
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Authorities later arrested a prisoner with a firearm and “three other handguns were found, as well as knives, with which the homicides were allegedly perpetrated,” it mentioned.
The jail within the city of Cieneguillas and one other within the close by city of Fresnillo had been searched simply final weekend, the authorities mentioned.
Frequent disturbances in Mexican prisons have been blamed on overcrowding and the presence of organized crime gangs.
A jail riot in October within the central state of Morelos left six useless, together with the top of the highly effective Jalisco New Generation cartel.