Ecuador has identified several of the 35 prisoners who died in rioting in a Lima prison, in one of the country’s worst outbreaks of violence for years.
The violence broke out in the high-security San Juan prison, in northwest Lima, on Tuesday when inmates broke out of their cells and began opening fire.
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Up to 75 inmates are still missing and two other inmates were injured.
Fourteen of the dead were identified on Wednesday, including one prisoner whose decomposed body was found on Wednesday night in a holding cell.
Thirty other prisoners, including a captain, were missing after the riot broke out.
There is no indication of a security camera, although families of the inmates have said that they have access to phones and internet. Some inmates claimed the explosions and gunfire were fired by unidentified assailants.
“The security state apparatus, which had been able to guard this area, completely failed,” Alberto Nauta, the province’s director of prison control, told reporters on Wednesday.
Authorities believe that the trouble began after the two inmates from opposite ends of the prison, who had been sleeping in separate rooms, woke up.
There are currently 19 high-security prisons in the north-western city of Peru.