Fighting among prison gangs in Ecuador kills 21, injures 80
The prison system and efforts to combat organized crime require an overhaul, he said.In June, a fight between gangs in a prison in Ecuador killed two people and injured 11. In February, fighting in Ecuadorian prisons killed about 80 prisoners.
Rival gangs of inmates fought in two prisons in Ecuador, killing at least 21 people and injuring about 80, authorities said Thursday.
Nine police officers and 70 prisoners were injured in the fighting. Police have regained control of the prisons.
Gustavo Larrea, a former interior minister, said the fighting was among crime groups linked to drug trafficking that have 'relative control'' of the prisons and seek to control illegal operations on the outside. The prison system and efforts to combat organized crime require an overhaul, he said.
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