At least 117 people have been killed so far in clashes between two opposition groups at an Ecuadorian prison, prison authorities say. At least five inmates were beheaded in a clash at a prison in Guayaquil on Tuesday. The rest were shot dead.
Police Commander Fausto Buenano said the detainees also used grenades. 400 police officers had to conduct operations to take control of the jail. The prison housed members of the international drug trafficking ring.
Local media reports have suggested that prison violence was ordered by members of the influential Mexican drug trafficking ring, which is currently operating in Ecuador. Bolivar Gurjan, director of Ecuador’s prisons department, said in an interview with a local radio station that the situation there was “terrible.” “Police took control of the jail at 2 pm local time, but in another incident last night, gunfire and explosions were heard here.
This morning, after taking full control, we entered the prison and are still searching for bodies inside. “This type of violence by members of the opposition is not new.
The Literary Penitentiary, where Tuesday’s horrific violence took place, is considered one of the most horrific prisons in the country. Mr. Buenano said inmates crawled through tunnels from one part of the prison to another to reach members of the opposition group.
More than 60 prisoners were injured in the incident. Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso has declared a state of emergency in the country’s prison system following the incident. The prison holds members of the Ecuadorian drug trafficking ring Los Chores. This cycle is thought to be linked to Mexico’s powerful Sinaloa drug trafficking ring (cartel).
But Mexico’s Jalisco New Generation (CJNG) cartel is trying to establish links with Ecuadorian gangs for the purpose of drug trafficking to Central America via Ecuador. In July of this year, Ecuador’s President Lasso commented that Ecuador’s prisons hold at least 30% more inmates than capacity.https://bbin-csdn.com