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Eight killed in Venezuelan prison riot

Eight inmates died and three were injured in a riot at a prison in Venezuela, officials have said. The fight broke out on Tuesday at the Santa Ana prison in Tachira state after a "confrontation among the inmates" over long-standing disputes, Consuelo Cerrada, national director of prison services, said.
IANS | By IANS/EFE, Caracas
UPDATED ON MAY 05, 2010 07:49 AM IST

Eight inmates died and three were injured in a riot at a prison in Venezuela, officials have said. The fight broke out on Tuesday at the Santa Ana prison in Tachira state after a "confrontation among the inmates" over long-standing disputes, Consuelo Cerrada, national director of prison services, said.

The situation has been brought under control and Venezuela's national guard was conducting a role call to determine if any other prisoners had been injured or killed.

A total number of 366 prisoners died in Venezuelan prisons in 2009, while in 2010, 62 inmates have died so far, according to figures compiled by the Venezuelan Prison Observatory.

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