13 Killed in Ecuador Prison Riot, Prisons Agency

By Reuters
July 19, 2022Americas
13 Killed in Ecuador Prison Riot, Prisons Agency
Police guard the CRS Turi prison a day after a riot in Cuenca, Ecuador, on April 4, 2022. (Fernando Machado/AFP via Getty Images)

QUITO—Thirteen prisoners were killed at a prison in the Ecuadorean city of Santo Domingo on Monday, Ecuador’s prison agency said, the latest incident of deadly jail violence in the Andean country.

The government of President Guillermo Lasso attributes prison violence to fights between gangs over control of territory and drug trafficking routes.

Last year, 316 prisoners died during riots in various prisons across Ecuador.

The police and the armed forces were retaking control of the penitentiary, the SNAI prisons agency said on Twitter. It earlier called the incident a “dispute.”

“Unfortunately, personnel from the center report up to now that 13 prisoners are dead and two are injured,” the agency said, adding a final count will be carried out by the attorney general’s office.

Violence at the prison in Santo Domingo in May led to 43 deaths.

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