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6 inmates killed in Ecuador prison shootout

  • Published at 03:30 pm May 31st, 2019
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Relatives of prisoners confront the police outside the Litoral Prison in Guayaquil, Ecuador, following a shooting between inmates which left six people dead, on May 30, 2019 AFP

Five of the victims have been identified while the sixth remains unknown

Six inmates were killed after a shootout inside an Ecuador prison on Thursday, the president's office said, a month after the government declared a crisis in the country's penitentiaries.

The murder of a detainee by another inmate "provoked a brawl" inside the facility in coastal Guayaquil city, according to prison director Alfredo Munoz.

Five of the victims have been identified while the sixth remains unknown because his corpse was "incinerated," added Munoz, who was stood down by the government after the incident. 

Authorities did not report the number of inmates injured in the violence. 

Family members of the prisoners later protested outside the prison to demand information about their relatives, according to images broadcast by local media. 

The government of Ecuador decreed a state of emergency in the prison system in response to a wave of fatal violence and severe overcrowding.