Gang riot wracks Mexican prison; 52 dead amid clashes and flames

February 11, 2016 5:05 PM

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A clash between rival factions in a Mexican prison touched off a deadly riot and mattress-fed fires Thursday, leaving at least 52 inmates dead after one of the worst outbreaks of violence in a system plagued by overcrowding and corruption.

The melee at the Topo Chico prison in the northern city of Monterrey was another blow to authorities seeking to tackle problems that include gang control in many of Mexico’s largest penitentiaries.

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