60 feared dead in Brazilian prison gangs riot
Brazil’s overcrowded penitentiary system experienced serious blood letting when no less than 60 inmates were feared dead in riot sparked by a war between rival drug gangs in the Amazon jungle city of Manaus.
The death toll could rise according to reports as authorities begin to get a clearer idea of the scale of the rebellion sparked by a fight between rival drug gangs.
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Reports say 74 prisoners were taken hostage during the riot, with some executed and some released in riots which saw a group of inmates exchange gunfire with police and held 12 prison guards hostage.
Manaus-based newspaper Em Tempo posted a video on its website showing dozens of bloodied and mutilated bodies piled atop each other on the prison floor as other inmates milled about.
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