Dozens Of Inmates Killed In Prison Riot In Manaus, Brazil

Dozens Of Inmates Killed In Prison Riot In Manaus, Brazil
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Brazilian authorities say that dozens of inmates have died during a prison riot in the Amazon jungle city of Manaus.

The office of the state’s public security office says the rebellion at Anisio Jobim penitentiary complex began Sunday afternoon and was quelled Monday morning. An office spokesman says dozens have died, but did not specify.

News portal G1 cites the governor’s office as saying that at least 50 have died and an unknown number managed to escape in the chaos. Calls to the governor’s office were referred to the security office.

Brazil’s overcrowded prisons routinely witness riots break out, with similar incidents reported in October. It’s not immediately clear what sparked the latest unrest. Two of the biggest crime gangs of Brazil began fighting last year over control of several prisons.

Brazil has the fourth largest prison population behind the US, China and Russia.

Source: News Agencies

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