At least 57 people have been killed in a gruesome gang battle that broke out in a prison in the Brazilian Amazon on Monday morning.

Officials said a local drug gang had invaded the wing controlled by its rivals in the city of Altamira in the state of Pará, decapitated 16 prisoners and set mattresses on fire, with dozens more thought to have been asphyxiated in the smoke.

Security specialists blamed a war across the Amazon region for control of the lucrative drug trade, which is also believed to have been the reason for the killing of 56 prisoners in a prison in the Amazon city of Manaus in 2017 and a series of bloody revenge killings that ensued.

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/29/gang-violence-leaves-more-than-50-dead-in-brazil-prison-riot

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