16 prison inmates in central Mexico have been reported killed after a riot, which lasted for about two-and-a-half hours broke out at a prison, authorities say.
The state security agency said the fight broke out at Cieneguillas’ Regional Center for Social Reintegration on Tuesday during the riot, which lasted for about two-and-a-half hours, officials say prisoners fought each other using handguns and knives
Zacatecas state security secretary Ismael Camberos Hernandez told local reporters that some victims had suffered gunshot wounds, while others were stabbed or beaten with objects. Fifteen of the victims died at the prison and one died later at hospital and that Five others were wounded in clashes at the prison facility in the town of Cieneguillas, Zacatecas state.
One prisoner was arrested with a gun still in his possession, and three other handguns and knives were later found inside the prison.
No guards or police were wounded into the riot. Details of how it started were not immediately clear, but the state government said it had launched an investigation to find out who was responsible and how the weapons got into the prison.
The incident is just the latest deadly clash to break out among inmates in Mexico, where prisons are notoriously overcrowded and corrupt. In October, six people were killed in a riot in a facility in the central state of Morelos.
Violence is often reported at Mexico’s prisons, many of which are overcrowded and dominated by drug gangs.