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Two Die in Prison Fire, Riot in Peru

LIMA Ė Two inmates were killed and 49 others injured in a fire that was intentionally started and subsequent riot at the prison in the Peruvian city of Chiclayo, located 780 kilometers (about 485 miles) north of Lima, the Ombudsmanís Office said.

The fire started around 2:30 a.m. on Saturday during a dispute involving two groups of prisoners, National Bureau of Prisons director Julio Cesar Magan told Radio Programas del Peru, or RPP.

One prisoner doused another inmate, identified as Frank Sanchez, with liquid glue and set him on fire.

Sanchez died from his injuries while being transported to Las Mercedes Hospital, Magan said.

An investigation is being conducted to determine how the inmate obtained the glue used to start the fire, the National Bureau of Prisons chief said.

Fourteen inmates were injured in the blaze and three of them are listed in serious condition, the Ombudsmanís Officeís representative in Lambayeque, Julio Hidalgo, said in a statement.

One of the injured inmates, identified as Jaime Gil, died while being treated at Lambayeque Regional Hospital, media reports said.

The fire triggered a fight that ended in a riot, the Ombudsmanís Office said.

A total of 35 people, including 20 inmates wounded by rubber bullets fired by prison guards and 15 corrections officers, were injured in the incident, the Ombudsmanís Office said.

Guards and police managed to regain control of the prison after a protest that lasted more than five hours, Magan said.

 

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