Mexico jail assault kills 14, dozens of inmates escape


Not less than 14 folks died in a brazen armed assault on a jail within the Mexican border metropolis of Juarez on Sunday, officers mentioned.

The Chihuahua state legal professional normal’s workplace mentioned in an announcement that 10 safety guards and 4 prisoners have been killed and 13 others have been injured.

The incident started round 7 a.m. (9 a.m. ET) on Sunday when gunmen in armored automobiles arrived on the jail and opened fireplace on safety personnel, the prosecutor’s workplace mentioned.

Authorities mentioned inmates took benefit of the scenario and 24 prisoners escaped.

It was not instantly clear who was behind the assault.

Relatives of inmates gather outside the prison, hugging and consoling each other amid news of the incident within.

CNN has reached out to the legal professional normal’s workplace for extra particulars concerning the standing of the investigation.

Ciudad Juarez, simply throughout the US-Mexico border from El Paso, Texas, is certainly one of Mexico’s deadliest cities and an epicenter of drug cartel violence. The rival Juarez and Sinaloa cartels have been preventing a bloody turf battle within the area over profitable smuggling routes and for drug-dealing territory within the metropolis.

Sunday’s violence was not the primary time violence has erupted on the jail. Final August, a whole lot of Mexican troops have been despatched there after a conflict between the 2 cartels prompted a riot and shootouts that killed 11 folks.