Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Brazil drug gangs spark prison riot, 56 dead

Brazil drug gangs spark prison riot, 56 dead: Drug gangs sparked a prison riot that killed 56 people, with decapitated bodies thrown over prison walls in the bloodiest violence in more than two decades in Brazil's overcrowded penitentiary system, officials said on Monday.

Sergio Fontes, the security chief for Amazonas state, told reporters several decapitated bodies were thrown over the wall of the prison in the Amazon city of Manaus, with most of those killed coming from the Sao Paulo-based First Capital Command (PCC) drug gang.

"This was another chapter in the silent and ruthless war of drug trafficking," he said.

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