At least 28 inmates were killed in a brutal prison fight on Thursday in Acapulco, in one of the worst outbreaks of violence in the country’s troubled penal system in recent years.
- Prison in a lawless state and hub for opium poppy production
- Clash between rival gangs
- Bodies discovered throughout maximum-security wing
Acapulco is the biggest city in Guerrero, one of Mexico’s most lawless states and a hub for opium poppy production.
Guerrero state security official Roberto Alvarez told reporters that the fatal clash broke out between rival gangs in the maximum-security wing of the prison.
Authorities discovered bodies throughout the wing, including inside and just outside the kitchen, as well as the area for conjugal visits, he said.
A law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters that four of them had been decapitated.
The killings in Acapulco are the latest example of a rise in violent crime that has turned 2017 into one of the bloodiest years in Mexico’s modern history.
Acapulco, one of Mexico’s most famous beach resorts, was once a playground for Hollywood stars. However, in recent years it has been roiled by savage gang warfare and is now ranked one of the most murderous cities in the world.
Early last year, 49 people died in a battle between members of the feared Zetas drug cartel and rivals at a prison in the northern industrial city of Monterrey.