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Police empty Venezuela riot prison after 61 killed

Published on Jan 28, 2013 5:53 AM
 
This handout picture released by Venezuelan Ministry of Penitentiary shows an officer walking through the Uribana prison after its evacuation in Lara state, Venezuela, on January 27, 2013. Security forces on Sunday regained full control over a prison in northwestern Venezuela and evacuated inmates after a riot left 61 dead and twice as many wounded, officials said. -- PHOTO:  AFP

BARQUISIMETO, Venezuela (AFP) - Security forces regained full control over a prison in north-western Venezuela on Sunday and evacuated inmates after a riot left 61 dead and twice as many wounded.

"The evacuation of prisoners from the Uribana jail has concluded. Now for reconstruction," Prisons Minister Iris Varela announced on Twitter, adding that the last prisoners left quietly "without any resistance."

It took authorities two days to regain control of the entire Uribana penitentiary in Lara state after clashes between prison gangs and guards. Ms Varela said rioters and other inmates were being moved to other jails around the country.

Some inmates shouted from moving buses the names of the jails they were being moved to as worried-looking relatives waved goodbye.

 
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