Prison Officials in Ecuador have confirmed that 12 inmates were killed during a violent riot. Monday at the Bellavista prison in Santo Domingo.
Authorities have had difficulty identifying the dismembered bodies of the victims.
“Crime scene investigation teams have collected 45 human parts in the Santo Domingo penitentiary, which are 12 bodies and not 13,” Interior Minister Patricio Carrillo said on Twitter on Tuesday.
“Forensic anthropologists and forensic doctors are moving to conduct autopsies of the dismembered bodies,” added the Carrillo.
Ecuador’s prisons have experienced several violent riots. in recent months. In April a state of emergency was declared in three provinces due to drug-related violence. In May a gang related riot between inside Bellavista prison killed at least 43 people and left scores injured..
Ecuador’s prison agency said it was transferring inmates from Bellavista prison to other prisons in order to protect their safety.
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