A deadly fight has broken out at a Mexican prison, causing a lot of deaths and leaving many others in critical conditions.
The prison where it happened
No less than 28 inmates have died after a brutal fight broke out in a notorious Mexican prison.
According to The Sun UK, the fight between rival gangs on Thursday took place in the maximum-security wing of Las Cruces prison in Acapulco.
In addition to the 28 who died, three people were also injured at the prison which is located in the Mexican state of Guerrero.
Authorities found bodies throughout the wing, inside and outside the kitchen, as well as the area for conjugal visits, he said.
A law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said four of the dead were decapitated.
Relatives of inmates clashed with riot policemen outside of Las Cruces prison in Acapulco after the news broke
Guerrero state security official Roberto Alvarez said the prison is close to 30 percent over capacity.
It was built for 1,624 inmates but had 1,951 men and 110 women behind its walls, he said.
Despite reports of gunfire in the prison, all the casualties were due to wounds from sharp instruments, such as the improvised weapons that are fashioned by inmates, Alvarez said.
Acapulco, one of Mexico’s most famous beach resorts, was once a playground for Hollywood stars but in recent years has been roiled by vicious gang warfare.
It is now ranked one of the most murderous cities in the world.
The prison carnage fell on the same day U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly was visiting Guerrero, in Mexico’s southwest.
Crowds of people soon arrived at the prison to find out what had happened
The United States and Mexico are discussing how to crack down on cartels now that most of the established capos have been killed or captured in a decade-long, military-led campaign.
Kelly, one of the main links between Mexico’s government and the Trump administration on migration and security cooperation, arrived in Mexico on Wednesday and has held meetings with other top officials, including President Enrique Pena Nieto.
He visited a military base outside Acapulco on Thursday to meet Mexico’s army and navy chiefs.
Kelly discussed the military’s efforts to battle drug traffickers and observed the deployment of troops to destroy opium poppy fields, the defense ministry said in a statement.