Ecuador police, navy enter Guayaquil jail amid violence

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QUITO, Oct 2 (Reuters) – A police and navy operation to enter a jail within the southern Ecuadorean metropolis of Guayaquil amid disturbances mobilized greater than a thousand personnel, officers stated on Saturday.

The Regional Guayas jail is positioned subsequent to the Penitenciaria del Litoral jail, the place 118 inmates have been killed within the nation’s worst-ever jail violence earlier this week. learn extra

Ecuador is struggling a wave of violence at its prisons, which home some 39,000 folks, with officers blaming battles for management between felony teams.

Prison violence additionally killed 79 folks in February and 22 in July.

“As a result of these actions firearms, munitions and prohibited items were seized,” Ecuador’s SNAI jail authority stated of the operation involving the navy on Twitter.

When they entered the jail, police and navy personnel discovered 4 inmates who have been injured throughout confrontations between prisoners, police commander Tannya Varela stated.

“When we entered the maximum (security) wings we were received with bullets,” Varela instructed journalists. “We entered and removed the four injured. They were evacuated by the armed forces and taken to be attended to.”

Police additionally arrested seven alleged members of against the law gang planning to deliver weapons and uniforms much like these worn by guards into the jail, she stated.

Those arrested have been captured throughout a gathering in Guayaquil to debate the plans and different crimes, she stated, and so they could have been planning to assault guards or inmates.

Reporting by Alexandra Valencia; Writing by Julia Symmes Cobb; Editing by Christopher Cushing

Inmates of the Regional de Guayaquil prison hold banners reading

Police walk out the Regional de Guayaquil prison after unrest was reported since the country's worst-ever riots broke out a few days ago at the Penitenciaria del Litoral, in Guayaquil, Ecuador October 2, 2021. REUTERS/Vicente Gaibor del Pino

Soldiers stand outside the Regional de Guayaquil prison after unrest was reported since the country's worst-ever riots broke out a few days ago at the Penitenciaria del Litoral, in Guayaquil, Ecuador October 2, 2021. REUTERS/Vicente Gaibor del Pino