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20 inmates killed, 12 wounded in Matamoros prison brawl

At least 20 inmates are dead and another 12 are wounded following an early Saturday morning prison brawl south of the border in Matamoros.

Tamaulipas officials confirmed it all took place at the CEDES prison in Matamoros early Saturday morning.

State police confirmed at a large-scale brawl took place between inmates.

Both state and federal police arrived at the scene but when the fighting ended at least 20 inmates were dead and another 12 were wounded.

Authorities have not released names of the dead or wounded but Tamaulipas officials have set up a station to attend to the families of the victims.

The incident remains under investigation.

Americans

There are a number of Americans being held at the CEDES prison in Matamoros on a variety of criminal charges.

Action 4 News contacted the American Consulate in Matamoros about their welfare.

The Consulate told Action 4 News that they had been in contact with Mexican authorities throughout the day.

At this time, there are no reports of American citizens either injured or killed during the incident.

Past Incidents

The brawl is the latest in a string of high-profile incidents to occur inside a prison in Tamaulipas.

Some 59 inmates escaped from a Nuevo Laredo prison following a brawl that left seven others dead in July.

Another 17 inmates escaped from a Reynosa prison after digging a tunnel to freedom in May.

Another 191 inmates escaped from the Nuevo Laredo prison back in December 2010.

Some 14 prisoners were killed in another prison brawl in Matamoros back in August 2010.

Another 41 inmates escaped from the Matamoros prison back in March 2010.

COMUNICADO DE LA SECRETARIA DE SEGURIDAD PBLICA DEL ESTADOPublicado el 15 de octubre de 2011 en las categoras de Noticias, PGJE

CD. VICTORIA, Tamaulipas.- La Secretara de Seguridad Pblica del Estado (SSPE) informa que este sbado 15 de octubre, en el Centro de Ejecucin de Sanciones de Matamoros (CEDES), se registr una ria entre reclusos que tuvo como resultado la muerte de 20 internos y lesiones en otros 12.

Los hechos se registraron durante la madrugada, inicindose con una ria protagonizada entre dos internos, sumndose posteriormente otros reos. Los custodios del penal restablecieron el orden con el apoyo de elementos de las Policas Estatal, Ministerial y Federal.

La Procuradura General de Justicia del Estado tom conocimiento de los hechos, constituyndose en el penal un Agente del Ministerio Pblico para dar fe de los mismos y ordenar el traslado de los cuerpos de los reos fallecidos al Servicio Mdico Forense, para que se les practique la autopsia de ley.

La Procuradura tambin gir instrucciones para que los encargados de la Mesa de Atencin a Vctimas, Delegacin Matamoros, estn atentos para proporcionar informacin y recibir peticiones de los familiares de los reclusos privados de la vida o heridos en la ria.

El Gobierno del Estado lamenta y condena estos hechos y a travs de la Procuradura General de Justicia realiza las investigaciones para deslindar responsabilidades y se sancione conforme a la ley.

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