CARACAS – The deaths of 37 people inside a prison in the Venezuelan town of Puerto Ayacucho has prompted an investigation, officials said on Thursday.
Governor Liborio Guarulla had earlier tweeted that a “massacre” took place with at least 35 corpses counted.
Una campaña de amor? Con masacre de 37 muerto en Centro de Reclusion en Ayacucho ( CEDJA) comenzó campaña de PSUV a Gobernacion de Amazonas pic.twitter.com/gb3Ux1kTD6
— Liborio Guarulla (@LiborioGuarulla) August 17, 2017
Prosecutors said 14 officials were wounded in the violence, but did not say if any were among the dead.
Two prison-monitoring groups, A Window to Freedom and the Venezuelan Prisons Observatory, said the 37 killed were all inmates.
The jail was holding 105 prisoners at the time of the riot.