Bid to keep war­ring Brazil pris­on­ers apart

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SAO PAULO: Brazil­ian se­cu­rity of­fi­cials rushed to com­plete an im­pro­vised wall of metal ship­ping con­tain­ers yes­ter­day in­side a prison where ri­val gangs have clashed in the past week, re­sult­ing in the bru­tal killing of 26 in­mates.

The con­tain­ers were hauled into the Al­cacuz prison yard in north-eastern Brazil, with of­fi­cials aim­ing to fin­ish the tem­po­rary wall, stack­ing one con­tainer atop an­other, by sun­down.

It’s a des­per­ate move for se­cu­rity of­fi­cials strug­gling to keep con­trol of Al­cacuz, where the lat­est in a string of bru­tal prison mas­sacres in Brazil’s north and north-east took place Jan­uary 14.

The na­tion’s most pow­er­ful gang at­tacked ri­vals with ma­chetes and knives, be­head­ing and quar­ter­ing many of the 26 killed.

Some 140 peo­ple have died in prison clashes since Jan­uary 1. – Reuters

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