At least 10 prisoners were killed Saturday in Brazil’s fifth deadly prison riot since January 1st.
The latest riot happened at the Alcaçuz prison, the largest prison in the state of Rio Grande do Norte in the northeast, according to the state government.
Police and special military police forces were deployed to the prison, where the riot was still underway Saturday night, said Juliska Azevedo, a spokeswoman for the government.
The riot broke out after a fight between rival gangs PCC (First Capital Command) and Sindicato do Crime do RN (Crime Union of Rio Grande do Norte).
The São Paulo-based PCC was involved in the other fatal riots this year, authorities said.
This year’s wave of prison violence started January 1 when at least 56 prisoners were killed at the Anisio Jobim Penitentiary Complex in Manaus.
Victims were decapitated and their bodies thrown over the prison wall. Sergio Fontes, the…
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