19 dead, 20 Injured in Mexico Prison Fight

Photo by Flickr user DexterPerrin
Photo by Flickr user DexterPerrin
Associated Press, 8/15/2009

A fight among inmates Friday at a prison in northern Mexico killed 19 inmates and left more than 20 injured, Durango state officials said. The battle apparently involved inmates jailed on drug or organized crime charges.

Durango state Public Safety Department spokeswoman Barbara Ramirez said only inmates – not prison guards – were killed and injured in the afternoon clash at the prison in the city of Gomez Palacio, about 135 miles (220 kilometers) south of the Texas border.

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