Beheadings in Guatemala jail fight

Seven inmates killed, most beheaded, in rival gang fight at Pavoncito prison.

    Riots and uprisings in crowded central American jails, especially in Guatemala, are frequent [AFP]

    "This is a dispute between prisoners belonging to different gangs, who bring their conflicts with them when they are locked up," Rudy Esquivel, the prison spokesman said.

    Order restored

    Police and prison authorities regained control of the jail on Saturday afternoon.

    Pavoncito houses more than 900 prisoners convicted mostly of drug trafficking, murder and robbery.

    Uprisings in overcrowded Central American prisons are frequent.

    In May, inmates at the Chimaltenango prison in Guatemala decapitated a senior prison official during a riot that began after two women were caught smuggling drugs into the jail.

    Guatemala is one of the most violent countries in Latin America and thousands of people are killed annually.

    Its penitentiary system has been called corrupt, with gangs and drug traffickers often running their criminal empires from behind bars.


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    From the US to Afghanistan: Rediscovering the mother who left me

    From the US to Afghanistan: Rediscovering the mother who left me

    Tracee Herbaugh's mother, Sharon, abandoned her when she was born, pursuing a career from which she never returned.

    Could mega-dams kill the mighty River Nile?

    Could mega-dams kill the mighty River Nile?

    For Ethiopia, a new dam holds the promise of much-needed electricity; for Egypt, the fear of a devastating water crisis.

    The evening death came for me: My journey with PTSD

    The evening death came for me: My journey with PTSD

    On a gorgeous Florida evening, a truck crashed into me. As I lay in intensive care, I learned who had been driving it.