15 dead in Ecuador prison riot
News Desk || risingbd.com
At least 15 inmates were killed in a clash between prisoners in one of Ecuador’s largest jails - in Latacunga, the authorities report.
The national prisons agency Snai said prisoners had fought with guns and knives, before guards managed to regain control. It is 80km (50 miles) south of the capital Quito.
Ecuador has had a spate of deadly clashes between drugs gangs in prisons.
Efe news agency says more than 400 have died in those clashes since 2020.
Ecuadorean media report that those killed in the clash at Latacunga’s Cotopaxi jail included an alleged drug gang boss, Leandro Norero. He was arrested in May on money-laundering charges.
The violence erupted after a census of prisoners. It came shortly after UN torture prevention experts visited Ecuador to assess its efforts to curb prison violence.
The worst prison clash was in the port city of Guayaquil in September last year, when more than 120 inmates died._BBC