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52 killed in Mexican prison riot

1:21am IST - 00:59

A battle between rival drug gangs at a prison in the northeastern Mexican city of Monterrey has left 52 people dead, days ahead of a planned visit by Pope Francis to another Mexican jail. Gavino Garay reports.

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They arrived at Monterrey's Topo Chico prison, not knowing if their loved ones were dead or alive. An outbreak of violence between rival drug gangs inside the prison had killed more than fifty people. But at the prison gates, family members were unable to find out who had died and who had survived. NATS (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) UNIDENTIFIED RELATIVE OF INMATE, SAYING: " Give us the names! Please, the names. That's it!" (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) UNIDENTIFIED RELATIVE OF INMATE, SAYING: "They should tell us because since midnight we were told there was a riot and they (authorities) have not wanted to come out and give us answers!" Riots have become increasingly common in Mexico's overpopulated prisons, which often house prisoners from rival drug cartels. But this one, coming just a few days before a scheduled visit to another prison by Pope Francis, is among the worst in recent years.

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52 killed in Mexican prison riot

1:21am IST - 00:59