Sixty-two inmates have died in riots at prisons in three cities in Ecuador on account of fights between rival gangs and an escape try.

Edmundo Moncayo, director of prisons, stated in a information convention on Tuesday that 800 police workplaces have been serving to to regain management of the amenities. A whole lot of officers from tactical models had been deployed for the reason that clashes broke out late Monday.

Moncayo stated that two teams had been attempting to achieve “felony management inside the detention centres” and that the clashes had been precipitated by a seek for weapons carried out on Monday by cops.

Images and movies on social media present alleged inmates decapitated and dismembered amid swimming pools of blood.

Lethal jail riots have occurred comparatively incessantly lately in Ecuador, whose prisons had been designed for 27,000 inmates however home about 38,000.

Ecuador’s president, Lenín Moreno, stated he had ordered the ministry of defence “to train strict management of weapons, ammunition and explosives within the outer perimeters of prisons” on account of this week’s riots.

Moncayo stated 33 died on the jail in Cuenca in southern Ecuador, 21 within the Pacific coast metropolis of Guayaquil and eight within the central metropolis of Latacunga.

Moncayo stated that near 70% of the nation’s jail inhabitants lives within the facilities the place the unrest occurred.

Patricio Pazmiño, minister of presidency, despatched a tweet blaming “the concerted motion of felony organisations to generate violence within the nation’s prisons,” however added, “We’re managing actions to regain management.”