At least 24 people were killed and more than 40 injured in a riot in a prison in Ecuador. As the local police chief Fausto Buenaño announced, the incident took place in a detention center in the city of Guayaquil in the southwest of the country.
The police and military were only able to bring the uprising back under control after five hours. The violence was characterized by gunshots, knife fights and explosions and was sparked by a dispute between Los Lobos and Los Choneros prison gangs, the authorities said. The gang members fired firearms from the prison windows.
The Guayas state government posted pictures on its Twitter account showing six cooks being evacuated from a wing of the prison.
In Ecuadorian prisons there are frequent clashes between members of gangs connected to Mexican drug cartels.
In July, President Guillermo Lasso declared a state of emergency on the Ecuadorian prison system after several violent incidents that resulted in the death of more than 100 inmates.
The bloodiest day occurred in February when 79 prisoners died in a simultaneous riot in three prisons across the country. Another 22 prisoners were killed in July, while a prison was attacked with drones in September, leaving no fatalities.