The riot broke out on Friday night in the Litoral Penitentiary – a large prison near the town of Guayaquil. The prison is known to be housing inmate from the infamous Los Choneros gang that allegedly has links to Mexico’s powerful Sinaloa cartel.
The violent clashes were sparked by a conflict between members of different gangs incarcerated in the facility. The prison’s Second Ward housing around 700 inmates has become the epicenter of the bloody chaos.
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