3 dead in new riot at Mexican prison


MONTERREY, Mexico: At least three people died Wednesday in a riot in a Mexican prison where 49 inmates were killed in a massive brawl four months ago, authorities said.

Another 14 people were injured at the Topo Chico prison, with four of them in serious condition, northern Nuevo Leon state’s interior secretary Manuel Gonzalez said.

No prison guards were hurt in the riot, Gonzalez said without providing more details about the riot.

He told a late evening news conference that the situation was “under control.”

The deadly clash in February was sparked by a power struggle between rival leaders of the Zetas drug cartel who fought over control of the penitentiary.

Days after the brawl, authorities raided prison cells and found luxury items such as aquariums, flat-screen televisions, portable saunas and even a bar.

State authorities declared that they had retaken control of the facility after transferring several inmates to other prisons and detaining the warden.

Mexican prisons have been hit by several clashes and escapes in recent years. In February 2012, 44 inmates died and another 30 escaped during a riot in another Nuevo Leon prison.

In April, the National Human Rights Commission issued a report saying that inmates govern themselves in 71 state prisons.

President Enrique Pena Nieto vowed to reform the country’s penitentiary system after notorious drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman escaped from a maximum-security-prison in July 2015. Guzman was recaptured in January. AFP



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