Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso said on Wednesday that the prison massacre that erupted on Tuesday in Ecuador has killed 116 people and wounded about 80.
Lasso declared a state of emergency in Ecuador’s jail system, allowing the government to send cops and military to the prisons.
“I wish I was able right now to say that yes, we have completely secured the Litoral Penitentiary, but frankly, I cannot. This meeting we just had was to organize the next steps forward, and I hope in the next few hours you will see some of the plans we agreed in action,” Lasso said.
The death toll is significantly higher than previous estimates following Tuesday’s brutal battles at the Litoral Penitentiary on the outskirts of Guayaquil.
“It is regrettable that the prisons are being turned into territories for power disputes by criminal gangs,” he said.
Officials disclosed that images were going viral online, showing dozens of bodies in prison and scenes that looked like battlefields. The fighting involved firearms, knives, and bombs.
According to regional police head Fausto Buenao, bodies were discovered in the prison’s pipelines.
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