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Published: Sat, July 08, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

At least 28 dead in brutal gang fight in Mexico prison

At least 28 dead in brutal gang fight in Mexico prison

A fight between rival gangs in an Acapulco, Mexico, prison killed at least 28 people, a federal military spokesman said.

With federal police and the army as their backup, state police regained control over the prison.

An internal report from state police stated that guards said some of the victim-inmates' throats were slashed. Last month, Mexico's governmental rights agency reported that many of Mexico's prisons also have unsafe procedures and poor medical care, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

It was built for 1,624 inmates but had 1,951 men and 110 women behind its walls, he said.

Mexico's prisons are frequently hit by riots, killings and jailbreaks.

This is Mexico's deadliest prison violence since 49 inmates were killed in February previous year in a riot at the Topo Chico prison in Monterrey, in the north-east.

While Acapulco is one of the Mexico's best-known beach resorts, it has been embroiled in gang warfare and ranked one of the world's most murderous cities, according to Voice of America.

It is the biggest city in Guerrero, one of Mexico's most lawless states and a centre of opium poppy production.

That clash was between inmates aligned with the Zetas and Gulf drug cartels.

State police said the prison population is more than 2,000.

Experts say organised crime networks often operate from inside Mexican prisons with the complicity of corrupt officials.

The deadly riot took place hours before DHS Secretary John Kelly was slated to visit the military installations in Acapulco as part of a three-day tour where he is expected to meet with Mexican government cabinet members to discuss the country's lack of security conditions.

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.

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