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Riot in prison in Colombia: 52 people died in the fire

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A riot broke out in a prison in the city of Tulua, in southwestern Colombia.

Officials noted that 52 prisoners have been killed and 30 injured in the riot and fire that broke out in Tulua prison in the Valle del Cauca administrative region of the country.

Tito Castellanos, Director of Colombia’s National Prison Institute INPEC, reported that the fire broke out in Ward 8, which houses 180 prisoners, when the inmates set the mattresses on fire.

“The guards intervened to put out the fire, but it was not enough,” Castellanos said. he used the term.

Events in the fire, in which the police and fire department intervened, could not be brought under control now. Extensive security measures were taken around.


President Ivan Duque shared on his Twitter account, “We are sorry for the events that took place in Tulua prison in Valle del Cauca. I am in contact with INPEC chief Tito Castellonos. I have ordered this grave situation to be clarified. I am in solidarity with the families of the victims.” he used the term.

On the other hand, the hectic wait of many relatives of prisoners gathered near the prison continues.


According to the news that Colombian media based on the authorities, the prisoners tried to escape from the prison.

As the guards tried to block the escape, the prisoners set their beds on fire and many of those who died were burned to death. Signs of violence were found in the bodies of others. It was stated that there were about 200 people in the ward where the fire broke out.

A spokesperson for the Tulua fire department said in a statement, “We have determined that many beds have been burned, and about 50 people have been taken to health centers so far.”

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