Riot at a prison in the Mexican Pacific resort of Acapulco, leaves 28 inmates dead
ACAPULCO, Mexico, Jul 7: A brutal fight broke out in a prison in the Mexican Pacific resort of Acapulco, leaving at least 28 inmates dead in one of the worst outbreaks of violence in the country’s troubled penal system in recent years.
Acapulco is the biggest city in Guerrero, one of Mexico’s most lawless states and a center of opium poppy production that has been a major concern to US officials.
The prison carnage was particularly embarrassing to Mexico as it came the same day US Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly was visiting Guerrero, located in the southwestern part of the country.
Guerrero state security official Roberto Alvarez told reporters the fight broke out between rival gangs in the maximum-security wing of the prison.
In addition to 28 dead, three people were injured, he said.