Two dead, several injured in Guatemala prison riot 

Associated Press | Published: 09:24, Mar 20,2017 | Updated: 09:49, Mar 20,2017

 
 
Guatemala jail riot

Inmates climb to the roof as a fire breaks out during a riot at the youth and men's reformatory, Centro Correccional Etapa II, in San Jose Pinula, Guatemala, Sunday, March 19, 2017. At least one man died, a jail monitor, during the riot, according the police spokesman Pablo Castillo. --AP Photo

A riot erupted Sunday at a prison for juveniles and adults, and authorities said two jail monitors were killed and several other people suffered injuries.

The incident came two weeks after unrest at a state-run shelter for children resulted in a fire that killed 40 girls.

The national civil police confirmed that two monitors were dead at the Central Correctional Stage II prison in San Jose Pinula, about 12 miles (20 kilometers) east of the capital.

Officials said inmates also started a fire in part of the prison, and police threw tear gas canisters seeking to regain control.

Volunteer firefighters told local media that the monitors who were killed had been beaten, but the cause of death had not been determined.

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