Security forces stand guard as relatives wait for information outside the Acapulco prison. Security forces stand guard as relatives wait for information outside the Acapulco prison.

28 inmates killed in Acapulco prison riot

Incident blamed on longstanding disputes between factions

Twenty-eight inmates are dead after a riot in a state prison in Acapulco this morning.

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State security spokesman Roberto Álvarez Heredia said five of the victims were decapitated during a fight that broke out about 4:00am and left three people injured at the Las Cruces prison.

He blamed it on a longstanding dispute between factions within the jail.

In a report released in May by the National Human Rights Commission, the prison was one of 71 out of 154 Mexican prisons visited by rights workers that were under the control of the prisoners themselves.

Since early this morning, the perimeter of the prison has been under guard by police, the military and two government helicopters.

Source: El País (sp)

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