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60 feared dead in Brazilian prison gangs riot



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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