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Mexico: Prison attackers kill 10 guards

Attackers in armored vehicles stormed the state prison on the US-Mexico border allowing at least 24 inmates to escape


Members of the Mexican Army secure an area outside the prison of Ciudad Juarez number 3 after gunmen attacked the prison, leaving 14 people dead and allowing 24 inmates to escape. The dead included 10 correctional officers and security agents.

Herika Martinez

By Deutsche Welle

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — Officials say guards and inmates have been killed in an armed clash at a prison in Ciudad Juarez. It took security forces several hours to quash the unrest. Ten guards and four inmates were killed when attackers in armored vehicles attacked a state prison in Ciudad Juarez in Mexico on Sunday.

The Chihuahua state prosecutor’s office said 13 people were wounded and at least 24 inmates escaped.

According to prosecutors, a number of armored vehicles arrived at the prison and the gunmen opened fire on guards.

The early morning attack also sparked a fight between inmates from different criminal gangs and drug cartels housed in separate cellblocks.

It took security forces several hours to regain control.

More violence in Ciudad Juarez

Moments before the attack, armed men fired on municipal police along a nearby boulevard, leading to a car chase and the capture of four men. Later, assailants in a Hummer fired on another group of security agents outside the prison.

Ciudad Juarez, on the Mexico-US border, is one of the world’s most violent cities.

It has been the scene of years of violent clashes between the rival Sinaloa and Juarez drug cartels and security forces that left thousands of people dead in the past decade.

In August, a riot inside the same state prison spread to Juarez’s streets in violence, leaving 11 people dead.

In that incident, two inmates were killed inside the prison and then alleged gang members started shooting up the town.

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