The Ecuadorian State Attorney General’s Office reported Monday that at least 43 inmates died in a confrontation in one of the country’s prisons.
The incident occurred at the Santo Domingo de Los Tsáchilas Social Rehabilitation Center, about 70 km from the capital, Quito.
The Government had previously confirmed the deaths of at least 20 inmates. Dozens of relatives of the inmates went to the center to gather information on the status of their loved ones.
According to the Minister of the Interior, Patricio Carrillo, the Armed Forces and the Police recaptured 40 inmates. The president of the nation, Guillermo Lasso, meanwhile conveyed his condolences to the families of the victims.
From Israel, where he is on an official three-day tour, Lasso said the riot is the unfortunate result of gang violence.
This latest tragedy comes a month after a massacre at another prison left 20 dead.
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Some 350 inmates have died in Ecuador’s prisons since February 2021, according to the government, due to rampant violence between criminal gangs linked to drug trafficking.
*Translated by Daniel Gallego.
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