Mexico jail ‘hell’: Scores killed as riot, fire rock Topo Chico prison
Fifty people have been reported killed and a further 70 injured after a riot erupted at Topo Chico prison, northeastern Mexico on Thursday as a group of inmates apparently attempted a jailbreak.
Prisoners are said to have taken over parts of the prison in the early hours of Thursday morning, reports Milenio TV.
Witnesses have described how explosions could be heard coming from inside one of the buildings in the complex.
Local media say a fire subsequently broke out at the facility, with unofficial reports of 50 prison staff and inmates killed in the riot.
Más de 50 muertos por motín esta madrugada de Jueves en el viejo penal de #topochico en #Monterreypic.twitter.com/DJnqrh7OBb— Ivan Mercado (@IvanMercadoNews) February 11, 2016
LO ÚLTIMO: 50 muertos y 70 heridos en el penal del Topo Chico tras un intento de fuga https://t.co/BsR9vfi2p1pic.twitter.com/et5lRHtRAN— RT en Español (@ActualidadRT) February 11, 2016
The eruption of violence led to the deployment of the Mexican army and police to the area.
Topo Chico prison authorities have not made an official statement on the riot. However, the Nuevo León state government has posted on Twitter, saying the situation was under control at 1.30am local time - approximately 90 minutes after the disturbance began.
En relación a los hechos ocurridos en el Penal del Topo Chico se informa que la situación está bajo control desde las 1:30 horas.— Prensa Nuevo León (@comunicacionNL) February 11, 2016
No prisoners have escaped the grounds of the prison and state authorities say they are now working to provide information to families of the inmates.
Las autoridades penitenciarias trabajan para brindar información a los familiares de los internos a la brevedad.— Prensa Nuevo León (@comunicacionNL) February 11, 2016
Earlier, images from the scene showed flames and smoke billowing from the building, as prisoners appeared to gather in an outside fenced area of the jail.
Motín en cárcel de Topochico, en Monterrey, México, causa incendio y deja más de 50 muertos. Hoy en @InfoTNUpic.twitter.com/EFVtklL6kJ— Maximiliano Borges (@MaxiBorgesOk) February 11, 2016
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