Ecuador declares emergency in prisons after 116 inmates are killed and 80 injured in 'worst prison massacre' in the country's history

Ecuador’s president has declared a state of emergency in the prison system after deadly clashes among gang members in a coastal prison killed at least 116 people and left 80 others injured.

The violence at the Litoral Penitentiary in the city of Guayaquil erupted after a battle broke out on Tuesday night among gang members of international drug cartels vying to capture control of the facility.

Six of those killed at Litoral prison, on the outskirts of the port city of Guayaquil, were beheaded.

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