Moment 28 inmates attempt to escape Ecuador prison during rival gang riots that left two dead and 11 injured
- At least two prisoners were confirmed dead and 11 others suffered injuries during weekend riots at a prison in Guayaquil, Ecuador
- Authorities said the riots started Saturday and extended overnight Monday at the El Litoral Penitentiary
- The riots were sparked by confrontations involving the Los Lagartos and Los Choneros gangs
- As many as 28 prisoners were recaptured after they fled the prison as shots were fired by the gangs
- Security forces were all to regain full control of the jail by Monday morning
At least two inmates were killed and 11 others injured when riots broke out between two rival gangs at a prison in Ecuador and dozens of detainees tried to escape.
Security forces were able to regain control of the Litoral Penitentiary in Guayaquil on Monday. The prison, the largest in the Pacific coast city, is now being guarded by the military.
Video captured inmates scaling over a wall that separated the men’s and women’s pavilion as shots were reportedly fired by gang members.
In total 28 inmates were recaptured and charged with attempting to flee the prison.
‘The people who were jailed in pavilions eight and nine came out through the terraces and began to shoot at the inmates in pavilions three and six,’ Ecuador police general Fausto Bueñano said in a press conference.
A bystander records the moment inmates escaped from the Litoral Penitentiary in Guayaquil, Ecuador, during a series of jail riots that extended from Saturday to overnight Monday. In all, two prisoners were killed and 11 others were injured. A total of 28 detainees who escaped from the jail were recaptured
Security forces guard some of the 28 prisoners who were recaptured after they tried to flee a prison in Ecuador during a rebelling between two rival gangs that spanned from Saturday to Sunday
A soldier in Ecuador questions a jail inmate after security forces were able to regain control of a prison and recapture 25 detainees who attempted to escape
Litoral Penitentiary director Franklin Huertas said at least seven prisoners were injured during the rebellion between the Los Lagartos and Los Choneros gangs on Saturday and Sunday. Another four were reportedly hurt overnight Monday.
The dead inmates were identified as Santos Núñez and Jhonny Vivero, according to El Universo newspaper.
Seven of the 11 injured prisoners were identified as Carlos Méndez; Jefferson Hidalgo; Luis Núñez; José Angulo; Juan Quiroz; Alfredo Castillos; and Ricardo Coloma.
The extent of the prisoners’ injuries have not been reported.
Security force place plastic handcuffs on inmates at the El Litoral Penitentiary in Ecuador on Sunday, where two prisoners were killed and 11 other suffered injuries during riots between Los Lagartos and Los Choneros gangs
Inmates hope over a wall at the El Litoral Penitentiary in Guayaquil, Ecuador, after gang members opened fire. At least two prisoners were killed and 11 suffered injuries
Residents near the prison told El Universo that they heard shots being fired between 10pm Sunday and 2am Monday.
Dozens of soldiers were also deployed to the prison to guard the external perimeter.
Agents with the Ecuador National Police carried out an inspection of the jail and seized various weapons, including a grenade.
The inmates who attempted to escape the prison will have been scheduled to appear before a court judge July 1, Ecuador’s Attorney General’s Office said in a statement.
Problems inside prisons are frequent in Ecuador.
In late February, at least 80 inmates were killed during a series of riots across four Ecuadorian prisons.
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