Ecuador’s national prison service confirmed the death toll at the Latacunga prison, located 80 kilometers (50 miles) south of the capital Quito. Agents are still searching the prison wards for bodies.
Videos were posted on social networks in which shots and screams from inmates can be heard.
Some 316 inmates were killed inside Ecuador’s prisons last year, according to the prison service. So far this year there have been 90 deaths. The worst massacre occurred in September of last year in the Penal del Litoral de Guayaquil, where 125 prisoners were murdered.
Ecuador’s prison system is designed for about 30,000 people, but as of last month there were about 35,000 inmates in 53 state prisons.
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