Fifty-two people have been killed and 12 wounded in a prison riot in Monterrey, north-eastern Mexico, the state governor has confirmed, just days ahead of a planned visit by Pope Francis to another prison nearby.
The incident was one of the worst in a series of deadly riots in recent years to rock the country’s overpopulated prisons, which often house inmates from different drug cartels.
Fighting broke out before midnight in two areas of the Topo Chico prison between a faction of the Zetas gang and another group, Nuevo León state governor Jaime Rodríguez said.
Rodríguez said all 52 victims were male, adding that they had not yet all been identified. Five of the 12 wounded had serious injuries.
“During the clash several prisoners set fire to the food storage and sleeping areas,” Rodríguez told reporters. It was not immediately clear how the victims died but Rodríguez said there was no gunfire.