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Monday, August 20, 2012

Venezuela Prison Riot: 25 Dead

At least 25 people have been killed and dozens injured in a gun battle between rival gangs at a Venezuelan prison.

Some of the dead and wounded are believed to be relatives of inmates who were caught in the crossfire while visiting.

The violence erupted at Yare prison, south of Caracas, on Sunday - and inmates were still in control of the jail on Monday night.

It is one of the deadliest clashes yet in Venezuela's overcrowded prisons, a major problem for President Hugo Chavez's government.

Prison minister Iris Varela said that 17 of the 25 dead had been identified so far. She said some of them had been shot in the head. Read More