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PRISONS | Some 106 firearms were found in the prison

Minister: All inmates slain at Venezuelan jail are identified

Minister of Penitentiary Affairs Iris Valera insisted that mass media roiled prisoners before they clashed with guards

Minister Valera after the takeover of Uribana prison on January 26 (File photo)
EL UNIVERSAL
Thursday February 07, 2013  04:58 PM
All the people killed during a clash between inmates and guards upon an inspection at Uribana prison, northwest Venezuela, on January 25, have been identified, said Minister of Penitentiary Affairs Iris Valera on Thursday.

Varela pointed out that 106 firearms and 8,562 rounds of ammunitions were seized following the riot. 

In a press conference, she stated that 58 people were slain and that all the bodies have been identified.

The senior official added that "violent groups" of inmates were disturbed by mass media on the same day the riot broke out. She claimed that mass media broadcast footages of tanks and said that authorities planned a military takeover of the prison facilities.

Translated by Jhean Cabrera
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