23 Prisoner killed in riots near Mexico border city
This incident of prisoners killing took place in mexican border city Tijuana.The death of an inmate ,due to guards negligence, was the spark that pushed them to react violently.
Tijuana, just south of San Diego, is a major corridor for drug trafficking and has seen regular fighting among warring cartels,in recent months.
Violence first broke out on Sunday during family visiting hours in the La Mesa jail after a prisoner died inside, apparently abused by guards, a human rights inspector said.
Four inmates died in the clashes and another 19 were killed in new rioting on Wednesday. Police said the prisoners used firearms, but no security officials died in the clashes.
"They took advantage of visiting to start the riot. They went to the area of the prison where there are shovels and pick axes to break though the walls, they lit mattresses with cigarette lighters," said Carmen Salto, an investigator with Baja California's state human rights office.
The jail, built for around 3,000 people, was packed with more than 8,000, and family members claimed prisoners lived in dire conditions