Venezuela prison violence: 16 killed, Some Beheaded, Dismembered

Posted: September 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

At least 16 prisoners have been killed in violence inside a jail in the western Venezuelan city of Maracaibo.

Fifteen inmates died in fights between rival gangs, Prisons Minister Iris Varela said. The other victim was killed in a separate incident.

Some of the inmates were beheaded and others dismembered, pressure group Venezuelan Prison Observatory told AFP news agency.

Prisons in the country are heavily overcrowded.

Ms Varela said all the victims identified so far were “people with some kind of negative leadership in some part of the prison”.


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