Gang violence kills scores of prison inmates in El Salvador

At least 14 inmates of an El Salvadorian prison have been killed in what authorities said appeared to be infighting between two factions of the feared Barrio gang. A state of emergency has been declared in the jail.

The killings took place on Saturday at the Quezaltepeque jail, some 30 kilometers (30 miles) north of the capital, San Salvador. The prison authorities said the dead bodies were found in various parts of the correctional facility.

A presidential spokesman told the AFP news agency that the prison violence was linked to an internal feud between two groups of the Barrio 18 gang.
“There has been an internal confrontation,” said Eugenio Chicas, the communications secretary for the presidency.

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