25 inmates die in Brazil prison fire
Source: | 2007-08-24 12:09:40

25 inmates have died in a prison fire in the small Brazilian town of Ponte Nova.

According to police, the prisoners took control of the jail before dawn. They chose to settle scores by locking up members of an opposing gang in a cell and setting mattresses on fire.

Hundreds of relatives waited outside the prison walls to receive news of their loved ones.

Prison officials say that brutal violence and rebellions are common in Brazil's overcrowded lockups.


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