1. 4 dead, 21 injured in Mexico prison riot

4 dead, 21 injured in Mexico prison riot

State officials said inmates rioted at a psychiatric and medical block in a prison in northern Mexico, broke into a prison pharmacy and took drugs that caused the deaths of four of them.

By: | New Delhi | Published: March 30, 2017 3:18 AM
it was unclear whether all four died from medications. (Representative image: Reuters)

State officials said inmates rioted at a psychiatric and medical block in a prison in northern Mexico, broke into a prison pharmacy and took drugs that caused the deaths of four of them.

Twenty-one more were injured, including one guard, according to a Nuevo Leon state government statement yesterday.

The complex chain of events at the prison in Cadereyta started earlier this week when inmates protested a new program to inspect visitors with a type of X-ray machine to prevent contraband being smuggled into the facility. That prompted a smaller disturbance.

But on Tuesday state security spokesman Aldo Fasci said about 56 inmates at a psychiatric block burned about 200 cells and furnishings. Some then broke into the prison pharmacy, where four of them apparently overdosed on medications stored there.

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However, it was unclear whether all four died from medications; local media reported three of the bodies were charred and thus may have died in the fires.

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