6 Dead After Prison Riot in Western Guatemala

Reuters
By Reuters
May 20, 2021World News
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6 Dead After Prison Riot in Western Guatemala
Riot police officers transfer inmates after a riot broke out at a prison facility in the municipality of Cantel, in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala May 20, 2021. (Luis Echeverria/Reuters)

GUATEMALA CITY—Six people were killed in a prison in western Guatemala after a riot broke out at the facility on Wednesday, authorities said in a statement.

The victims were found decapitated on a patio in the overcrowded prison in the town of Cantel in the state of Quetzaltenango, the police statement said.

A police source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the killings were part of a confrontation between a gang and drug traffickers.

By Sofia Menchu

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