Prison riot in Mexico’s Tamaulipas state leaves four dead

6/7/2017 Reuters

prison cell blockFour people were killed and six were injured on Tuesday in a riot in a prison in the Mexican city of Victoria in the drug gang-ravaged state of Tamaulipas on the U.S. border, authorities said.

“Those number are preliminary because the operation continues, there are still state police inside the prison inspecting the dormitories,” Luis Alberto Rodriguez, spokesman on security issues for Tamaulipas, told Reuters.

Television footage showed helicopters overhead and concerned family members gathered outside the prison, as heavy gunfire could be heard coming from the compound.

Rodriguez said authorities had observed “rising tensions” between opposing gangs in the prison over recent days and had information that they were smuggling in weapons.

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