ACAPULCO, Mexico – Twenty-eight inmates died and three others were wounded Thursday in a fight between rival gangs at a prison in this resort city on Mexico’s Pacific coast, the Guerrero state government said.
Authorities initially put the death toll at five.
The fight started around 3:55 am in the maximum-security cellblocks, but there are no indications that gunshots were fired, the Guerrero Coordination Group said in a statement.
The inmates who were killed “were attacked with sharp arms and blows,” the security agency said.
Security forces, with support from two helicopters, were deployed to retake control of the prison, state security spokesman Roberto Alvarez Heredia said.
Mexico’s prisons are plagued by overcrowding and gangs that take control of penitentiaries, leading to violence.
On Feb. 11, 2016, 52 inmates died in a fight inside the Topo Chico penitentiary in the northern industrial city of Monterrey.
That fight, which involved members of rival factions of the Los Zetas drug cartel, was one of the deadliest in the past 30 years in Mexico.