16 dead in fight at overcrowded Guatemala prison

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Posted: Nov 30, 2015 12:14 PM
16 dead in fight at overcrowded Guatemala prison

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Officials in Guatemala said Monday the death toll in a brawl among inmates at an overcrowded prison has risen to 16, including three inmates who were decapitated.

Prison system spokesman Rudy Esquivel said firefighters had removed 16 bodies from the prison, known as the Canada Rehabilitation Farm.

Deputy Interior Minister Elmer Sosa said police and soldiers intervened to restore order at the prison after gunfire broke out Sunday.

Esquivel says the prison was designed to hold 600 inmates, but houses 3,092.

He said the fight apparently erupted between members of the Mara 18 and Mara Salvatrucha gangs and fellow inmates who don't belong to the gangs.

Most of the dead inmates had bullet or knife wounds. It was unclear how inmates had gotten the weapons.