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GRAPHIC IMAGES: At least 15 killed in prison clash in Bolivia

Friday, August 23, 2013 - 01:09

Aug. 23 - At least 15 people are dead and as many as 60 injured after fighting broke out between inmates at a Santa Cruz prison. Mana Rabiee reports.

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**************GRAPHIC MATERIAL TO FOLLOW************** The bloody scene inside a Bolivia prison after a deadly riot. At least 15 people were killed Friday and as many as 60 others injured after an early morning standoff between inmates in this Santa Cruz prison. Local media say the fight resulted in an explosion and a fire that burned for two hours. Anxious relatives waited outside for news about their loved ones, many of whom were still locked inside soon after the riot broke out. SOUNDBITE: Unidentified family member of a prisoner, saying (Spanish): "Those from the back pavilion attacked those in the front and they went in with guns and grenades and there was a gas bomb explosion too. They told us there were two killed." Some of the prisoners lived behind these walls with their families including children. At least one minor was among the dead. Most of the fatalities were from the fire, although journalists on the scene reported hearing gunfire during the confusion. Many of the injured were taken to nearby hospitals but it's believed others may still be trapped inside. Police are investigating the cause of the clashes.

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GRAPHIC IMAGES: At least 15 killed in prison clash in Bolivia

Friday, August 23, 2013 - 01:09