8 inmates injured in fight at northern Mexico prison

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Posted: Feb 16, 2016 10:17 PM

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A fight among inmates at a prison in northern Mexico injured eight prisoners Tuesday, one day before Pope Francis planned to visit another Mexican prison on the U.S. border.

The Tamaulipas state police said the inmate brawl broke out at the prison in Ciudad Victoria, the state capital. The state Public Safety Department said in a statement that the situation had been brought under control by police and soldiers. Eight inmates suffered injuries from blows.

Herminio Garza, the state interior secretary, told the Milenio television channel that some warning shots had been fired into the air to control the inmates, but said there were no injuries due to gunshots or knife wounds. Garza said some sort of dispute between inmates caused the fight, but did not specify the exact cause.

A prison riot last week in the northern city of Monterrey killed 49 people, most of whom were beaten to death with hammers and other objects, or stabbed.

Francis is scheduled to visit a state prison Wednesday in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, across from El Paso, Texas.

Mexico's prisons are frequently overcrowded, and cell blocks are often controlled by the inmates.