MEXICO: Seven police officers killed in prison riot

MEXICO: Seven police officers killed in prison riot

Seven police officers have been killed in riots at a prison in Mexico, according to Mexican officials. The deaths occurred during an operation to quell an uprising, they said. It happened in the La Toma prison in Amatlán de los Reyes in the eastern state of Veracruz between Saturday night and Sunday morning. Another 22 people were injured in the violence, which began late Saturday when inmates at the La Toma prison in the state of Veracruz set fire to mattresses.

The authorities have not yet released any details about any injured prisoners. Inmates were reported to have broken free from their cells. Prosecutors say they will be investigating the incident. Mexico’s prisons are frequently hit by riots, killings and jailbreaks. Criminal gangs often hold de facto control inside, operating with the complicity of corrupt officials.

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