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14 killed in prison attack in Mexico border city

Mexico: At least 14 people killed after gunmen attacked a Mexican prison in the northern border city of Ciudad Juarez. The prison attack allowed 24 inmates to escape.

The Chihuahua state prosecutor’s office said in a statement on Sunday that the attackers arrived at the prison in several armoured vehicles at 7am local time (14:00 GMT) and opened fire on guards. In the chaos that ensued, 10 prison guards and four inmates were killed.

At least 13 people were wounded, the state prosecutor said, as reported by Al Jazzera.

Inside, some rioting inmates set fire to various objects and clashed with prison guards, local media reported.

The state prosecutor’s office said Mexican soldiers and state police regained control of the prison later on Sunday.

At least four people were detained, the office said, without specifying if they were inmates or armed assailants.

Details were not available about how the 24 escaped inmates were able to flee, and it was not immediately clear who carried out the attack.

The state prosecutor’s office said its personnel have launched an investigation.

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