A prison fight Wednesday resulted in the deaths of 20 people.
Wired PR News.com – A fight between rival drug gangs in a Mexico prison led to the deaths of 20 people on Wednesday. As reported by Reuters, gang members who took keys from a guard following visiting hours opened cell doors at a state penitentiary near Ciudad Juarez, and freed an estimated 170 prisoners.
Victor Valencia the city’s state government representative is quoted in the report as stating of the freed inmates, “They attacked other prisoners in a high security area with iron bars and home-made firearms.”
The Mexican town and surrounding areas has seen thousands of individuals killed as a result of battles between drug cartels for control of trafficking territory. Drug smuggling into the United States and police corruption have become a major concern for officials in addition to the massive killings.
This week the Mexican government will reportedly send additional troops to Ciudad Juarez in an effort to combat the violence.