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Prison struggles between rival gangs leave at least 52 dead in the prison of Brazil

  • At least 52 people confirmed death fought in prison between rival gangs
  • Sixteen bodies were beheaded during the five-hour collision
  • Comes two months after the riot in the state prison of Amazonas where 55 prisoners died
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At least 52 people were killed today in a prison in northern Brazil while rival gangs fought against each other, a government official has confirmed.

It was the latest violence to turn the country's overcrowded and deadly prison system upside down.

Sixteen of the dead were beheaded in the five-hour collision that ended around noon (fifteen GMT), an official from the Para State's penitentiary department said.

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It has been reported that two captured officers have since been released.

The riot comes exactly two months after 55 people were confirmed dead at a riot in the northern Brazilian state of Amazonas.

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