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Security services patrol outside the notorious jail in Guayaquil. (file pic)

68 inmates killed following eight hours gun battle between rival drug gangs inside Ecuador’s largest prison

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At least 68 inmates have died following a gun battle between rival gangs inside Ecuador’s largest prison.

It is the latest violence to hit the Litoral Penitentiary, which only a few weeks ago was the scene of the country’s worst prison massacre.

The fighting lasted for almost eight hours in the jail in the coastal city of Guayaquil.

Authorities have blamed prison gangs linked to international drug cartels for the violence.

Family members react as they stand outside the Litoral Penitentiary in Guayaquil, Ecuador

Family members react as they stand outside the Litoral Penitentiary

Governor Pablo Arosemena of Guayas province, where Guayaquil is located, said inmates “tried to dynamite a wall to get into pavilion two to carry out a massacre. They also burned mattresses to try to drown (their rivals) in smoke.

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