Prison clash between gangs 'armed with explosives' leaves 35 dead, with 8 beheaded

Prison clash between gangs 'armed with explosives' leaves 35 dead, with 8 beheaded



At least 35 people have been killed and 50 more injured after gang warfare sparked a riot in an Ecuadorian prison.



The death toll continues to rise as police check cells. Eight of the inmates killed were beheaded.



The two gangs inside Litoral Penitentiary, Guayaquil, allegedly have links to Mexican drug cartels and were armed with "firearms and explosives".



Just two weeks ago, the prison service said that the prison was attacked by a drone as part of "a war between international cartels".



They confirmed on Tuesday morning, September 28, local time that: "An alert was activated for detonations of firearms and explosions in several pavilions, due to clashes between criminal gangs."



Police said that the gangs were fighting for control of one of the prison's pavilions well into the afternoon.



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