September 22, 2019 | 3:32 AM IST
Brazil

55 die in gangwars in Brazil jails

About 55 inmates were found either stabbed or strangulated in four Amazon jungle city prisons of Manaus, Brazil on Monday. 

This was a result of a fight between rival prisons gangs that left about 15 inmates died a day before at the Anisio Jobim Prison Complex. A federal task force has been dispatched to Manaus to check the violence. 

Gang wars in Brazil prisons are frequent where drug gangs have de facto control over all jails. According to a report, about 150 prisoners died during a clash in north and northeastern Brazil, as local gangs backed by Brazil’s two largest drug factions – The First Capital Command and the Red Command, said a report.

The Amazonas state penitentiary department revised to 40 from an earlier 42 count of deaths that took place on Monday and said authorities’ regained control of all the four prisons. The department officials said that the prisoners were found dead by hanging in their cells. Similarly, officials at Jobim Prison Complex said sharpened toothbrushes were used to stab fellow inmates at the jail. 

Amazonas prisons secretary Colonel Marcos Vinicius Almeida said that the attacks took place during the visiting hours and some of the deaths took place in front of their relatives. He added that it was not a rebellion, but an internal strife, adds a report.

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