Six prisoners are BEHEADED as at least 29 are killed in fight between rival drug gangs armed with guns and grenades deadly Ecuador jail riot
- Took police and army more than five hours to regain control of Litoral Penitentiary in Guayaquil on Tuesday
- Inmates from two rival gangs did battle with guns, knives and explosives with at least 29 killed in the rioting
- Prison is located in coastal city of Guayaquil,a major hub for export of cocaine
- Prison clashes between gangs have killed over 100 inmates in Ecuador this year
Six prisoners have been beheaded in a fight between rival drug gangs armed with guns and grenades that left at least 29 dead at a prison in Ecuador.
It was the latest in a series of deadly prison clashes between rival drug gangs that have killed over 100 inmates this year.
It took police and the military more than five hours to regain control of Litoral Penitentiary in the coastal city of Guayaquil as they battled inmates armed with guns, knives and explosives on Tuesday.
The violence was sparked by a gang dispute between ‘Los Lobos’ (The Wolves) and ‘Los Choneros’ (originally from the city of Chone).
Inmates on the roof during the riot on Tuesday at Litoral Penitentiary in the coastal city of Guayaquil
Firearms seized from the Ecuadorian prison, including a handgun and a rifle
Police officers inside the prison after the riot. It took them more than five hours to gain control of the building with help from the army
Riot police stand guard outside the prison on Tuesday evening
A relative of an inmate collapses as she waits for news outside the Litoral penitentiary after the riot
A riot policeman clambers over a barbed wire fence outside the prison. It took police and the military more than five hours to regain control of Litoral Penitentiary
Television images showed inmates firing from the windows of the prison, while others clambered onto rooftops in a bid to avoid the carnage.
The Guayas state government posted images on its Twitter account showing six cooks being evacuated from one of the prison’s wings.
Officials gave conflicting statements on how many inmates were wounded, with the attorney general’s office saying 42 while the national prison bureau earlier put that number at 48.
President Guillermo Lasso retweeted an announcement from the prison bureau saying order ‘has been restored at the Littoral Penitentiary after the Tuesday incidents.’
Ecuador’s prison system has become a battleground between prisoners linked to Mexican drug gangs – mainly the Sinaloa and Jalisco New Generation cartels.
A policeman searches the cells at the prison where riots broke out in Guayaquil
A shirtless inmate is seen standing on the roof during the riot at Litoral Penitentiary in the coastal city of Guayaquil on Tuesday
Police officers search the cells after the riot
Riot police inside the prison after the chaos was brought under control
Relatives of inmates wait for news as a coroners truck arrives to the Litoral penitentiary
Guayaquil, Ecuador’s main port city, is a major hub for shipping South American cocaine north, especially to the United States.
Last week police confiscated two pistols, a revolver, some 500 rounds of ammunition, a hand grenade, several knives, two sticks of dynamite and homemade explosives at one of the city’s prisons.
Two weeks ago, Guayaquil’s Prison Number 4 was attacked by drones, part of ‘a war between international cartels,’ prison authorities said. There were no casualties in the attack.
A worried relative of an inmate waits outside the jail for news on Tuesday night
Concerned relatives remonstrate with riot police outside the jail on Tuesday night
Relatives of inmates speak to the police asking for information during the riot on Tuesday
Inmates are seen sitting on the roof during the chaos which was sparked by a gang dispute between ‘Los Lobos’ (The Wolves) and ‘Los Choneros’ (originally from the city of Chone)
Ecuador’s prison system has about 60 facilities designed for 29,000 inmates, but is burdened by overcrowding and staffing shortages.
The country’s human rights ombudsman said there were 103 killings in prisons in 2020.
Twenty-seven inmates died in prison riots in two jails in July, in an incident that forced the government to declare a state of emergency.