Fourth Generation Warfare

14 dead and dozens of inmates escape after gunmen in armored vehicles attack state prison in Mexico just across the border from El Paso

By Hannah Mcdonald For Mailonline and Afp

  • The armored attack resulted in 14 deaths and 24 inmates escaping the prison
  • It is not known how many gunmen were involved in the Ciudad Juarez attack
  • The dead included 10 prison guards and security agents, a statement said
  • Violence at the prison, including objects being set alight, also left 13 injured 

Gunmen in armored vehicles attacked a state prison in Mexico, just across the border from El Paso, leaving 14 people dead and allowing 24 inmates to escape

An unknown number of gunmen took part in the attack, which happened in the northern Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez.

The dead included 10 prison guards and security agents, the Chihuahua state prosecutors’ office said in a statement.

Prosecutors said the outbreak of violence at the prison, including rioting inmates setting fire to various objects, also left 13 people injured.

Members of the Mexican army secure an area outside prison Ciudad Juarez number 3 after an attack from armored gunmen

Members of the Mexican army secure an area outside prison Ciudad Juarez number 3 after an attack from armored gunmen

Relatives of inmates appear emotional as they wait outside the prison, where 14 were killed and 2 inmates escaped

Relatives of inmates appear emotional as they wait outside the prison, where 14 were killed and 2 inmates escaped

Members of the Mexican Army guard the area outside the prison, where a riot involving setting objects alight took place

Members of the Mexican Army guard the area outside the prison, where a riot involving setting objects alight took place

People are seen comforting each other outside Cereso number 3 state prison - where a riot took place

People are seen comforting each other outside Cereso number 3 state prison – where a riot took place.

Moments before the attack, armed men fired on municipal police along a nearby boulevard, setting off a car chase that ended with the seizure of a vehicle and four men, the statement added.

Later, assailants in a Hummer fired on another group of security agents outside the prison, it said.

Scenes of chaos ensued as relatives of some prisoners waited for New Year’s visits outside the compound.

Inmates at Cereso state prison from differing criminal bands and drug cartels are housed in separate cell blocks

Four people were detained, prosecutors said, without specifying if they were inmates or armed assailants.

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