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Prison clash leaves 43 inmates dead


A clash between rival gangs has left 43 inmates dead in Ecuador, officials said Monday, little more than a month after another prison riot killed 20.

Interior Minister Patricio Carrillo said at a news conference that one group of inmates attacked another inside the Bellavista lockup in Santo Domingo, about 45 miles south of Quito, the capital.

The minister said firearms, explosives and other weapons were found after police assault teams helped retake control of the prison.

Gen. Fausto Salinas, the incoming police commander, told Teleamazon­as television that 40 inmates had been recaptured during escape attempts.

The human rights group Amnesty Internatio­nal reported in March that at least 316 prisoners died in clashes in Ecuadoran prisons in 2020, including 119 who died during one riot in September.

A month after that report was published, a prison clash left 20 people dead in Turi, about 190 miles south of the capital.

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