In Mexico, a prison riot has left 16 prisoners dead and 5 wounded in the central Mexican state of Zacetecas on New Year’s Eve, local authorities on Wednesday said.
Prisoners engaged each other in a fight using handguns and knives, which were seized after the fight, the Public Security Ministry revealed.
“On Tuesday afternoon a fight occurred inside the Regional Center for Social Reinsertion which left a toll of 16 inmates dead, as well as five more wounded,” the ministry said in a statement.
Later authorities arrested one prisoner with a firearm and “three other handguns were recovered, as well as knives, with which the homicides were allegedly carried out,” it said.
The prison in the town of Cieneguillas and another in the nearby town of Fresnillo had been searched just last weekend, the authorities said.
Frequent disturbances in Mexican prisons have been blamed on overcrowding and the presence of organized crime gangs.
In October, a prison riot in the central state of Morelos left 6 dead, including the head of the powerful Jalisco New Generation cartel.