Riot in Juarez Prison Leaves 16 Dead

POSTED: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 5:41pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - 9:33am

JUAREZ- More than a dozen inmates are dead from a riot at the Cereso prison in Juarez, several more are wounded.

It happened overnight when rival gangs got into a fight. We're told one gang attack another gang in a holding cell. The fight included several gunshots. The inmates then briefly took control of the prison until Mexican soldiers and federal police formed a barrier and stopped them.

A total of 16 men and one woman are dead, all of them inmates. Investigators say some of the inmates were disguised as security guards and were heavily armed.

"We don't know how they got the guns for the attack but an investigation will determine a cause of death and who provided the guns for the attack,” says Manuel Del Castillo, Juarez Spokesperson.

Video from inside the prison shows at least six inmates with ski masks shooting at other inmates. During the riot several inmates tried to escape from the Cereso prison. Chihuahua state police are interviewing about 200 people from guards to inmates and even office workers at the prison.

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