Violence in prisons in Ecuador, South America, has killed dozens. At least 67 inmates were killed in riots in three prisons across the country, according to authorities.
Criminal organizations would have struck several places at the same time in a coordinated action, according to the government. These are prisons in the cities of Guayaquil, Cuenca and Latacunga.
The background of the violent outbreaks is not yet known, but there has been previous turmoil in the prisons due to clashes between rival gangs. The police sent reinforcements to get the situation back under control.
In a prison firearms, machetes, knives and cell phones were found. In response to the bloody violence, the President of Ecuador ordered the military to strictly control the smuggling of weapons, ammunition and explosives into prisons.
At least 38 people were killed in violence between rival gangs in El Turi prison in Cuenca.
More frequent violence between gangs
Last December, 11 people were also killed by violence between rival gangs in Ecuadorian prisons. The country has about 38,000 prisoners for a population of about 17 million.
Relatives of prisoners gathered outside the complexes to learn more about their loved ones. The bodies of the victims are currently being transferred to a forensic center for autopsy and identification.