Brazilian authorities have launched a major operation to capture scores of inmates who escaped from a detention center in the country’s north during a prison riot in which nearly 60 people were killed.
The violent rebellion, the bloodiest in over two decades in the country’s overcrowded prisons, broke out at the Anisio Jobim penitentiary complex in Manaus, the capital of Amazonas Province, late on Sunday but was quelled on Monday morning.
The riot, which erupted over a feud between inmates of two rival drug gangs, left 56 people dead, many of whom were beheaded or dismembered. The authorities initially reported that 60 prisoners had been killed.
Sergio Fontes, head of public security for Amazonas, said a total of 184 prisoners took advantage of the chaos and escaped. Police recaptured 40 of them Monday afternoon.
Fontes said a major operation has been launched to recapture the remaining 144 prisoners, who are…
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