AT least 49 inmates have been killed after a mass brawl broke out across a Colombian jail.
Riot officers were scrambled to the scene following reports that inmates had started a fire in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
General Tito Castellanos, the head of the INPEC prison agency, local Caracol Radio labelled the horror riot as “tragic and disastrous event.”
“There was a situation, apparently a riot, the prisoners lit some mattresses and a conflagration occurred with unfortunately triggered the death of 49 prisoners,” he said.
General Castellanos added that the prison had a total number of 1,267 inmates and around 30 more people were injured.
Colombian President Ivan Duque, who is on a visit to Portugal, confirmed on Twitter that the incident would be investigated.
He wrote: “We regret the events in the prison in Tulua, Valle del Cauca. I am in touch with (General Tito Castellanos) and I have given instructions to carry forward investigations that allow us to clarify this terrible situation.”
The incident comes two years after a riot in the capital Bogota left 23 inmates dead and 80 injured as they protested health conditions and a lack of services in jail.
The protests came as the country was gripped by the coronavirus pandemic.
Source: The Sun