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CARACAS, Saturday January 26, 2013 | Update
 
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PRISONS | A total of 88 injured

Fifty-four killed in violent riot in Uribana jail, west Venezuela

People killed at a Lara state jail include a national guard, two prison bosses known as "prans" and two evangelical pastors. The death toll is likely to increase given the violent events

Trucks moved the dead bodies out of the prison (Handout photo: El Informador)
MARLA PRATO |  EL UNIVERSAL
Saturday January 26, 2013  07:36 AM
Unofficially, 54 people were killed after violent riots erupted during an inspection at the Uribana jail, in western Lara state, which led to clashes between military troops and inmutes.

The number of injured was 88. The armed forces took control of the major hospital in the area in order to monitor access and security of inmates admitted to hospital.

Antonio María Pineda Hospital director Ruy Medina told AFP, "At 8:00 pm (Friday) we had a tentative figure of 90 injured, most of them by gunfire, with a truly alarming figure of at least 50 dead. "

People killed at a Lara state jail include a national guard, two prison bosses, known as "prans," and two evangelical pastors. The death toll is likely to increase given the violent events.

No inspection had been conducted in Uribana prison since 2009.
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