MEXICO CITY (AP) — A battle between groups of prisoners left 13 inmates dead and another 65 injured on Saturday, according to officials in the central Mexican state of San Luis Potosi.
The clash began when a group of inmates, fed up with harassment by other prisoners, used homemade knives and picks to attack their rivals starting at about 5:15 a.m. EDT at the La Pila prison in the state capital, according to the state attorney general’s office.
Agency spokeswoman Gabriela Gonzalez Chong called the violence a “fight, not an uprising” against prison authorities. San Luis Potosi Gov. Fernando Toranzo told a news conference that 13 inmates had died, and that 22 of the 65 injured were in serious condition.
Toranzo said officials would investigate whether prison authorities played a role in the clash. Violent disputes between rival cartels and gangs often spill over into Mexico’s prisons, where fights, riots and escapes are common.