Three die in Brazil prison riot

A prison riot in northern Brazil ended with three inmates dead and six government employees taken hostage released unharmed, officials said on Thursday.

A statement from the state government of Amazonas said it had revised a previous inmate death toll of four given on Wednesday, when the riot broke out in the Desembargador Raimundo Vidal Pessoa penitentiary in the city of Manaus.

It was the second prison riot in Brazil this week, after one in northern Maranhao state in which 18 prisoners were killed — four of them decapitated.

In both cases, inmates had revolted to demand better conditions in their badly overcrowded facilities.

Riots are common in Brazil’s prisons, where rival gangs vie for power and cramped cells and lack of guards often bring things to the boil.

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