20 Killed in Mexican Prison Riot

Troops sent in after drug gangs clash inside high-security prison
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2009 4:26 AM CST
Relatives of prison inmates wait for news outside a state prison during a riot in Cuidad Juarez.   (AP Photo/Miguel Tovar)
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(Newser) – At least 20 prisoners died yesterday as rival Mexican drug gangs clashed in a prison outside Ciudad Juarez, CNN reports. Hundreds of police and soldiers put down the uprising after two hours. Fighting began as spouses were leaving at the end of conjugal visits, officials said. The high-security prison is home to many of the nation's most dangerous drug traffickers.