Seven police officers killed trying to quell prison riot in Mexico

Henrietta Strickland
April 2, 2018

Gov. Miguel Ángel Yunes of Veracruz said a seventh person had died, but it was unclear whether that person was an inmate or a prison guard.

Seven inmates were injured, two seriously, and 15 police officers were hospitalized, one with serious injuries, authorities said.

Six police officers died on Sunday from smoke inhalation after prisoners started a fire while resisting an effort to transfer risky inmates out of a prison in Mexico's Gulf Coast state of Veracruz, the authorities said. The victims died as a result of smoke inhalation and burns.

It took 300 police officers to bring the rioting under control early Sunday, the Milenio newspaper reported.

It happened in the La Toma prison in Amatlán de los Reyes in the eastern state of Veracruz between Saturday night and Sunday morning.

The prison riot in Carabobo state was the second-deadliest in Venezuela's history.

The office of Mexico's human rights ombudsman acknowledged the problem in its 2017 report on the country's prisons. The statement also called for prison conditions in the South American country to be significantly improved.

Deadly prison riots are a major problem across much of Latin America.

The state is the scene of turf wars between the powerful drug cartels Jalisco New Generation, the Zetas and the Gulf Cartel.

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