More than 50 inmates killed in riots sparked by rival gangs clashing for control at three prisons in Ecuador
- The Ecuador National Police announced that more than 50 inmates were killed as a result of riots at three prisons on Tuesday morning
- At least 38 prisoners had been confirmed dead at Turi Social Rehabilitation Center in the southern city of Cuenca
- A rebellion at the Guayas Male Deprivation of Liberty Center No. 4 in Guayaquil left as many as 11 inmates dead
- Eight detainees were murdered at Cotopaxi Rehabilitation Center in the north central city of Latacunga
- President Lenín Moreno attributed the uprising to rival criminal groups
More than 50 inmates have been confirmed dead following a series of riots at three prisons in Ecuador, authorities announced.
The uprisings were reported Tuesday morning after several criminal groups battling for control inside the penitentiary systems clashed, the Ecuador National Police said via a statement.
Images from the bloody carnage that were posted on social media showed several prisoners posing with the severed heads of their rivals while several bodies of dead inmates were lying on top of each other. A video recorded by a detainee also captured the gruesome moment a prisoner repeatedly stabbed another inmate with a butcher’s knife.
At least 38 prisoners died during a rebellion in the B wing of the Turi Social Rehabilitation Center in the southern city of Cuenca, according to Ecuador’s Attorney General’s Office.
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The body of an inmate lies inside a cell at one of the three prisons in Ecuador where more that 50 detainees were killed
The body of one of more than 50 inmates, who were killed during rebellions at three prisons Tuesday morning, lies in the middle of a penitentiary courtyard in Guayaquil, Ecuador
Officials gather mobile phones, guns and dozens of knives that were seized from one of the three jails in Ecuador
‘Criminal organizations carry out acts of simultaneous violence in several prisons in the country,’ President Lenín Moreno said via a tweet. ‘The [National Police] in coordination with the Interior Minister [Patricio Pazmiño] are acting to regain control of prisons in Guayaquil, Cuenca and Latacunga.’
Ecuadorean newspaper El Universo reported the military and police officers were sent into the prison to regain control, and that local fire departments were dispatched to assist security forces outside the prison.
A woman visiting an inmate at the Turi Social Rehabilitation Center said the riot started around 10am local time and that she saw an image of a dead prisoner on a mobile phone.
The woman said visitors were prohibited from leaving the visiting area, and that some of the prisoners were removed from the room over fears that they were going to be killed.
The visitors eventually were allowed to exit after emergency alarms sounded off.
The body of one of the 11 inmates killed Tuesday during riots involving rival gangs at the Guayas Male Deprivation of Liberty Center No. 4 in Guayaquil, Ecuador
Relatives of the prisoners at the Guayas Male Deprivation of Liberty Center No. 4 in Guayaquil, Ecuador, await news on their jailed loved ones after reports of riots at the prison left at least 11 inmates dead on Tuesday
A police officer’s body camera captures the moment a group of inmates at a jail in Guayaquil, Ecuador, were caught escaping in the midst of a riot that left at many as 11 prisoners dead
The prosecutor’s office reported some of the inmates were injured at the Turi Social Rehabilitation Center, but it did not provide an official toll.
An Ecuadorean National Police source told El Universo that fights between four different gangs left at least 11 inmates dead and five others injured at the Guayas Male Deprivation of Liberty Center No. 8 in Guayaquil.
Police body camera video captured the moment about two dozen inmates were intercepted after they had walked out of the prison.
The rebellion also left two police officers with injuries, although the extent of their wounds were unknown.
Additionally, riots at Cotopaxi Rehabilitation Center in the north central city of Latacunga left eight inmates dead. An injury tally was not reported.
Members of the Ecuadorian Marine Force guard the Guayas Male Deprivation of Liberty Center No. 8 after at least 11 inmates were murdered during riots sparked by rival gangs battling for territorial control of three other prisons