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Ecuador: at least 116 inmates killed (including decapitations) in prison gang warfare related to rival Mexican cartels

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Neighbours report hearing explosions at a prison where scores of inmates were killed on Tuesday.



Four hundred police officers have entered a prison in the Ecuadorean port city of Guayaquil where at least 116 inmates have been killed in a gang war.


The brutal prison fight first broke out on Tuesday and officials had said on Wednesday that the jail was back under their control.


But early on Thursday, neighbours said they had heard explosions and gunshots.


Shortly afterwards, police said it was sending 400 officers back in to "maintain order".


The fight first broke out on Tuesday when inmates from one wing of the prison crawled through a hole to gain access to a different wing, where they attacked rival gang members.


At least six prisoners were decapitated, others were shot and some were killed by grenades.


Police managed to get six cooks, who were trapped in the wing where the fight happened, to safety and only two police officers were injured.


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