At least 13 inmates died in a prison riot in northern Mexico that authorities ended with lethal force, a state security official said late Tuesday.
Spokesman Aldo Fasci says the riot occurred at the state prison in Cadereyta, adding that the death toll could climb because eight people are in critical condition. Desperate families battled with authorities outside the prison gates, demanding information about their relatives inside.
Several hours of attempted negotiations failed and police using non-lethal force were unable to quell the riot.Authorities thus decided at around 5 pm local time to use lethal force to protect the lives of the guards and the prisoners, Fasci told a news conference.
With PTI inputs