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Prison massacre in Brazil kills 26 inmates

Prison massacre in Brazil kills 26 inmatesThe latest prison riot has killed killed 26 inmates following around 100 inmates dead in early January in similar jail violence.

Officials said Sunday that the latest massacre involved 26 inmates murdered, most of whom were beheaded.

The bloodbath erupted Saturday night in the overcrowded Alcacuz prison in the northeastern state of Rio Grande do Norte.

"Twenty-six deaths have been verified," the state's public safety manager, Caio Bezerra, told a news conference. The authorities had earlier estimated around 30 were killed as they gathered bodies and body parts, he said.

Security forces stormed the prison at dawn and restored order after 14 hours of violence, the local authorities said.

Officials said members of two drug gangs clashed violently after coming out of different parts of the prison.
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