Guatemalan prison: several prisoners beheaded by gang violence crime news
Hundreds of police have been deployed to restore order in Cantel prison, where at least 7 prisoners have been killed.
Officials said at least seven prisoners were killed in clashes between rival gangs in prisons in western Guatemala, most of whom were beheaded.
Following Wednesday’s violence, hundreds of police officers have been mobilized to restore order to the Cantel prison, which houses prisoners from the Mara Salvatrucha gang and its sworn enemy Barrio 18.
The Ministry of the Interior said in a statement: “It is initially known that seven prisoners have died.” It described the situation as “riots.”
The prosecutor’s office confirmed this figure, and the staff of the prosecutor’s office managed to enter the prison, which is located 205 kilometers (125 miles) west of the capital.
The National Civil Police (PNC) spokesperson Jorge Aguilar told AFP earlier that the violence was caused by a confrontation between two gangs, and at least six prisoners were beheaded.
Aguilar added that the authorities suspected that one group had attacked another group in retaliation for an incident that happened a few days ago.
Gang violence and riots are common in Kanter Prison, and human rights organizations have condemned the organization for its harsh conditions.
The police said it was built to accommodate 500 prisoners, and it currently accommodates more than four times this number.
Guatemalan Fear and violence These groups are known for blackmailing rackets, in which they blackmail businessmen and bus operators to pay them protection money or face execution.
Out of 3,500 people, gangs accounted for nearly half Violent death Authorities say Guatemala has one of the highest violent death rates in the world over the past year.