Four die in Mexico prison brawl

Last Updated: Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 12:03

Mexico City: Four inmates died and 16 were injured in a massive brawl at a prison in the northern Mexican state of Zacatecas, authorities said Friday.
The brawl appeared to be part of a struggle for control of the inmate population, the warden said.

All the injuries were caused by planks, poles filed to a point and hunks of stone from benches broken up, he said.

The municipal and state law enforcement agencies and the police were called in to help the guards restore order, a task that took two hours, according to Bernal.

The Zacatecas state Attorney General`s Office has opened an investigation into the incident, the warden said.

Bernal took charge at Cieneguillas prison in the wake of the Aug 22 disappearance of then-warden Fabiola Quiroz Zarate, who is thought to have been kidnapped.

"There is no knowledge of her whereabouts nor any news in that respect," Bernal said Friday.

Mexico`s worst prison violence in five years took place in February at a penitentiary in the northern state of Nuevo Leon, where 44 people were killed to conceal the escape of around 30 inmates from the Los Zetas drug cartel.

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First Published: Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 12:03

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