14 people were killed in a blatant armed attack on a prison in Mexico
14 people were killed in a blatant armed attack on a prison in Mexico. Officials said that at least 14 people were killed in a blatant armed attack on a prison on Sunday in the border city of Juarez, Mexico.
In a statement, the Chihuahua state attorney general’s office said that 10 security guards, four convicts, and 13 other people had died or been injured.
Gunmen in armoured trucks came at the prison at 7 a.m. (9 a.m. ET) on Sunday and started shooting at security staff, according to the prosecutor’s office.
24 detainees allegedly fled after inmates took advantage of the circumstances.
Who was responsible for the attack was not immediately apparent.
One of the deadliest places in Mexico and the hub of the drug cartel violence is Ciudad Juarez, which is located directly across the border from El Paso, Texas. Over lucrative smuggling routes and for control of drug-dealing territory in the city, the rival Juarez and Sinaloa cartels have been engaged in a brutal turf war in the area.
Violence has broken out at the facility before, including on Sunday. Hundreds of Mexican soldiers were sent there in August of last year after a shootout between the two gangs resulted in a riot and the deaths of 11 people.