At least 37 killed in Venezuela prison riot

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.

Prosecutors said 14 officials were wounded in the violence, but did not say if any were among the dead.

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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.