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News24.com | More than 50 dead in Mexican prison riot

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Mexico City - A prison riot in Monterrey, Mexico, has left 52people dead and a dozen injured, officials said on Thursday.

The riot broke out as the result of fighting between rival

groups ofinmates at the Topo Chico prison in Monterrey in north-easternMexico. It was not the result of a mutiny and attempted prison breakas initial reports had incorrectly indicated.

"We are living a tragedy," Jaime Rodriguez, governor of Nueva Leonstate, said.

The incident began just before midnight, but the situation had beenbrought under control by early on Thursday, officials said. One of thegroups was led by Juan Pedro Saldivar, alias Z-27, a prominent memberof the Los Zetas drug cartel.

Television images showed smoke rising from the prison and officialssaid there had been a fire in the prison's cafeteria, but it had notaffected the cell blocks.

The incident comes one day before Pope Francis is due to arrive inMexico for a visit that includes a stop at another prison in CiudadJuarez along the US-Mexican border.

Media said alarmed relatives of the prisoners gathered outside thejail and threw stones and blocks of wood in a bid to break in.

The authorities were working to provide reliable information as soonas possible to the relatives to assure them of their loved ones'well-being.

Five of those who were injured were in serious condition.

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