At the very least 14 individuals died in a brazen armed assault on a jail within the Mexican border metropolis of Juarez on Sunday, officers stated.
The Chihuahua state legal professional normal’s workplace stated in a press release that 10 safety guards and 4 prisoners had been killed and 13 others had been injured.
The incident started round 7 a.m. (9 a.m. ET) on Sunday when gunmen in armored autos arrived on the jail and opened fireplace on safety personnel, the prosecutor’s workplace stated.
Authorities stated inmates took benefit of the state of affairs and 24 prisoners escaped.
It was not instantly clear who was behind the assault.
CNN has reached out to the legal professional normal’s workplace for extra particulars concerning the standing of the investigation.
Ciudad Juarez, simply throughout the US-Mexico border from El Paso, Texas, is one among Mexico’s deadliest cities and an epicenter of drug cartel violence. The rival Juarez and Sinaloa cartels have been preventing a bloody turf struggle within the area over profitable smuggling routes and for drug-dealing territory within the metropolis.
Sunday’s violence was not the primary time violence has erupted on the jail. Final August, lots of of Mexican troops had been despatched there after a conflict between the 2 cartels triggered a riot and shootouts that killed 11 individuals.