Ecuador Says at Least 22 Inmates Died and Several Police in Two Prison Riots

A spokesperson of the National Service for the Comprehensive Care of Adults Deprived of their Liberty and Adolescent Offenders (SNAI) talks to family members after several inmates were killed during a riot at the Cotopaxi No 1 penitentiary, in Latacunga, Ecuador July 22, 2021. REUTERS/Johanna Alarcon

At least 22 inmates died and several police were injured during riots at two of Ecuador’s largest penitentiaries, the Andean nation said on Thursday, marking the second major deadly wave of prison violence this year.

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SOURCE: Reuters – Reporting by Alexandra Valencia Writing by Luc Cohen; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall; Editing by Leslie Adler