At least 50 killed, 90 injured in Venezuela prison riot (PHOTOS)
Most of those injured at the Uribana prison in Lara state suffered gunshot wounds, hospital official Ruy Medina told AFP. He stressed that the death toll was "alarming," saying it was based solely on bodies brought to the hospital.
Penitentiary Service Minister Iris Varela confirmed on state television that a riot had broken out in the prison in the city of Barquisimeto, when groups of inmates attacked National Guard troops who were attempting to carry out an inspection.
Members of the National Guard take shelter before a riot in front of the prison Uribana, in Barquisimeto, Lara state, Venezuela, on January 25, 2013.(AFP Photo / Dedwinson Alvarez-Diario el Impulso)
A member of the Venezuelan army leads a prisoner wounded during a riot in the Uribana prison, in Barquisimeto, Lara state, Venezuela, on January 25, 2013.(AFP Photo / Dedwinson Alvarez-Diario el Impulso)