Ecuador prison violence leaves at least 58 dead, a dozen injured, gov’t says

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By Alexandra Valencia QUITO (Reuters) – At least 58 prisoners were killed and a dozen injured in overnight violence at Ecuador’s Penitenciaria del Litoral prison, the government said on Saturday, in what has been characterized as fighting between gangs. The penitenciary, located in the southern city of Guayaquil, is the same prison where 119 inmates were killed in late September in the country’s worst-ever incident of prison violence. The government has blamed disputes between drug trafficking gangs for control of prisons for the violence. The latest disturbance was set off by a power vacuum f…

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