Dozens killed in Mex­i­can prison bat­tle

The Guardian Weekly - - World roundup -

At least 28 pris­on­ers were killed in a prison fight last Thurs­day in the Mex­i­can Pa­cific re­sort of Aca­pulco, in one of the worst out­breaks of vi­o­lence in the coun­try’s trou­bled pe­nal sys­tem.

Aca­pulco is in Guer­rero, one of Mex­ico’s most law­less states and a cen­tre of opium poppy pro­duc­tion that has been a con­cern to US of­fi­cials.

Guer­rero state se­cu­rity of­fi­cial Roberto Al­varez told re­porters that the fight broke out be­tween ri­val gangs in the max­i­mum se­cu­rity wing of the prison.

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