Monterrey, Nuevo Leon — At least 13 people were killed in a prison riot in the northern state of Nuevo Leon yesterday when an inside battle got out of control.
Security troops were sent in to deal with the rioting prisoners, a state security official said Tuesday. The fight, which began during the nighttime hours, occurred inside the Cadereyta prison outside the city of Monterrey.
Nuevo Leon state security spokesman Aldo Fasci told reporters a protest spiraled out of control that resulted in one prisoner being killed and several guards being taken hostage. Before police arrived at the prison, the situation escalated to include nearly 250 inmates, Fasci said.
“Around five in the afternoon the decision was made by security forces to use lethal force to prevent the murder of guards as well as stop the murder of inmates,” Fasci said adding, “If we had not taken this route, we would be talking about many more deaths,” he said.
At the time of reporting, it was not immediately clear exactly how many inmates were killed in the riot or how many were killed by security forces.
Fasci did note that rival gangs are often responsible for furling bloody battles inside Mexico’s prisons.
In July, 28 inmates were reported killed in a prison fight at the Pacific resort of Acapulco.