A bloody clash between two prison gangs on Monday left at least 57 inmates dead with 16 of them decapitated, authorities in the state of Para said, the latest deadly clash as Brazil’s government struggles to control the country’s overcrowded jails, APA rpeorts quoting Reuters.
A fight between criminal groups broke out on Monday morning, AP reports, citing local authorities. Inmates also set part of the prison on fire, the agency says, APA reports quoting sputniknews.
At least 52 prisoners have been killed by other inmates during a battle at the Altamira prison in northern Brazil, AP has reported.
According to prison officials, 16 of the victims were decapitated in the five-hour-long clash while others were asphyxiated.
The fact that inmates also set a part of the jail on fire meant that prison authorities were unable to enter parts of the facility, AP says.
A video has emerged online, showing a part of the prison engulfed in flames and smoke.