At least 52 inmates have been killed in a prison riot in northern Brazil as rival gang factions fought each other, an official says.
Sixteen of the dead were decapitated in the second major eruption of violence to rock the country’s severely overpopulated and deadly prison system in as many months.
Fighting broke out in the Altamira Regional Recovery Center at around 7:00 am (1000 GMT), an official from the Para state government’s penitentiary department told AFP.
Two guards were taken hostage during the hours-long clashes, which were brought under control at around midday. They were eventually freed.