In Brazil, at least forty two prisoners were found strangled to death in four separate jails in the state of Amazonas. Penitentiary Department of Amazonas State has confirmed the number of deaths that took place during clashes between rival gangs.
The latest deaths, which were reported in Manaus, the capital of Amazonas state, all appeared to be the result of asphyxiation, authorities said. They added that staff had discovered the victims during routine inspections at four different prison facilities. A task force has been sent to “control the disturbances,” officials said.
On Sunday (May 26), clashes reportedly broke out during visiting hours at Anísio Jobim Penitentiary Complex in the region. Officials said the prisoners were stabbed with sharpened toothbrushes and strangled to death. An investigation is reportedly under way to determine the cause of the violence over the weekend, which was witnessed by visitors.
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