Bid to keep warring Brazil prisoners apart
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