Mon, 23 May 2022

QUITO, May 10 (Xinhua) -- A prison riot in north-central Ecuador's Pichincha province has left at least 41 inmates dead and another 13 injured, the nation's prison management agency said Monday.

The National Comprehensive Care Service for Persons Deprived of Liberty (SNAI) updated an earlier report from the Attorney General's Office that had placed the death toll at 43 in the Regional Prison in Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas.

The agency added that members of the National Police force were able to regain full control of the prison and a specialized team from the government's Human Rights Secretariat was dispatched to the city's Crime Unit Forensic Center to provide support to the relatives of inmates killed in the melee.

In addition, 112 prisoners who had escaped from the prison amid the chaos were recaptured, the agency said.

Ecuador's prison system is in crisis due to constant clashes between rival drug trafficking rings vying for control of the prisons.

Produced by Xinhua Global Service

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