Dozens of inmates slain, burned in Brazil jail riot

Jan 03, 2017, 2:46 AM EST
Brazil’s overcrowded prisons shelter some 600,000 inmates.
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In one of the most gruesome incidents of violence in Brazil’s overcrowded prisons, at least 56 inmates were killed in a 17-hour long jail riot that erupted in the Anisio Jobim Penitentiary Complex (Compaj) in Manaus, the capital of Amazonas state on Sunday. In the deadly fight, linked to the control of prisons and drug routes, some of the bodies were decapitated, burned and then thrown over the perimeter fence of the prison.

The officials informed that about 87 rioters managed to flee the jail of which 40 were recaptured immediately, reports the BBC. A manhunt for those who escaped the prison is under way in northern Brazil.

Sergio Fontes, head of public security for Amazonas described the riot as “the worst massacre in the history of the state's penitentiary system,” notes Al Jazeera. Deadly riots are frequent in Brazil’s overcrowded prisons that shelter some 600,000 inmates.