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March 5th, 2009
10:50 AM ET

20 killed in riot at Ciudad Juarez prison

Tracy Wilkinson and Cecilia Sánchez
Los Angeles Times

Reporting from Mexico City - A fierce battle between rival drug gangs at a prison in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez on Wednesday left at least 20 inmates dead and three critically wounded, authorities said.

It took guards, police and military reinforcements nearly three hours to contain the unrest. Black smoke drifted from the cinder-block prison and helicopters patrolled overhead as anxious families waited outside for news.

Most of the victims had been beaten or stabbed to death.

The violence comes as the ravaged city is being placed under military control. Ciudad Juarez, just across the border from El Paso, has been the epicenter of Mexico's raging drug war. More people have been killed there than anywhere else - 1,600 last year and 250 just last month.

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  1. Frank W. New Mexico

    This is spilling over into the US. Will the Sec. of Homeland Security do anything about it? She ignored the problem that it was already in Arizona when she was the governor there.

    March 5, 2009 at 11:32 am |
  2. Cindy

    I read about this yesterday and wondered if Coop and 360 would cover it since he just did a segment for 60 Minutes about the Mexican drug wars.

    It is a shame that the cartels have such power in Mexico and are causing so much death and destruction! But whenever drugs are involved violence is always close behind! I don't see anything changing there in the near future unfortunately. They'll have to clean house so to speak to even begin getting a grip on the situation. IMO a lot of the problem is the government itself! They have their hands in the cookie jar and don't really want the drugs gone.

    Cindy..Ga.

    March 5, 2009 at 11:30 am |