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
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.
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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