At least 33 inmates have been killed after prisoners allegedly linked to Brazil’s largest drug gang escaped their cells and began slaughtering fellow convicts.
The riot at the Monte Cristo Agricultural Penitentiary in Boa Vista, Roraima, which broke out at dawn, was reportedly a reaction to the prison uprising and death of around 60 people in the Amazon jungle’s Manaus prison on Sunday night.
The government has been quick to blame the Roraima riot, according to daily newspaper Folha de S.Paulo, on northern rebel group the FDN (Familia do Norte).
However, a local secretary of justice, Uziel Castro, told the BBC the more prominent Primeiro Comando da Capital (PCC) was behind the killings.
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Source: The Independent