Death toll in Ecuador jail riots soars past 100

Xinhua Xinhua

30th Sep, 2021. 03:56 pm

QUITO: The death toll in Ecuador’s latest prison violence has soared past 100, Ecuadorian officials said on Wednesday.

The number of injured in the melee at Litoral Penitentiary remained at 52, according to the government agency in charge of prisons, the National Service for Comprehensive Attention to Adults Deprived of Liberty and Adolescent Offenders (SNAI).

According to the SNAI, more than 100 deceased inmates and 52 injured had been confirmed during the incidents that occurred Tuesday.

The National Police, the Ecuadorian Prosecutor’s office and other authorities continue to investigate the prison riot, one of the two deadliest of the year in Ecuador, which was facing a serious prison crisis, the agency added.

In February, a series of coordinated riots at four prisons left 79 inmates dead and some 20 people wounded, including police officers.

The tragedy led Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso on Wednesday to decree a 60-day state of emergency throughout the prison system to prevent further outbreaks of violence.

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