A total of 13 inmates were killed and another 65 were wounded in a prison riot in San Luis Potosi that began early Saturday morning, according to Mexican news accounts.
According to a news report which appeared on the website of El Diario de Coahuila news daily, the trouble began at around 0400 hrs at the Centro de Readaptacion Social (CERESO) locally known as La Pila in dormitories 4,5 and 6, with about 100 inmates were involved.
By 0700 hrs the incident was over.
According to a separate news account posted on the website of Milenio news daily, 12 of the dead were identified as Israel Saldaña Bustamante, Edgar Eduardo Padilla Altamirano, Julian Garay Lopez, Oscar Guerrero Gomez, Pablo Ivan Soriano Barrera, Argenis Joshimar Castillo Gonzalez, Omar Castillo Hernandez, Eliud Eduardo Bautista Puga, Uriel Antonio Maldonado Ramirez, Luis Alberto Dominguez Martinez, Arturo Gonzalez Hernandez and Sergio Noe Lopez Puenta.
News of the 13th fatality came in just as a press conference with the governor of San Luis Potosi, Dr. Fernando Toranzo Fernandez was ending. The name of the 13the victim has not been disclosed.
|Gob. Dr. Toranzo Fernandez|
The San Luis Potosi state Procuraduria General de Justicia del Estado (PGJE) or attorney general Miguel Angel Covarrubias was quoted as saying that one prison gang revolted against another demanding money and property inmates received from work inside prison.
According to news reports, inmate involved used homemeade stabbing weapons. No firearms were used in the riot. Reports are that concrete was used to construct weapons.
Nine of the dead died inside the prison while four died inside the the prison hospital.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com and BorderlandBeat.com