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At least 40 die in prison riot in Mexico

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Relatives of inmates at Apodaca prison, attempt to trespass the security fence following a riot inside the prison, on February 19, near Monterrey, Mexico. At least 40 inmates have been killed during a riot.

 

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Relatives of inmates cry while waiting outside Apodaca prison, Feb. 19.

Nuevo Leon state public security spokesman Jorge Domene Zambrano said the riot broke out at about 2 a.m. in a high-security section of a prison in the city of Apodaca outside of the northern industrial city of Monterrey.

A group of inmates in one cell block started to riot and took one of the guards hostage, Domene said. The riot then spread to a second cell block, and at least 40 people died before authorities regained control of the prison a couple of hours later.

-- Reported by the Associated Press