22 Dead In Prison Break

At least 22 people were killed during a prison break attempt that sparked a deadly shootout between inmates and guards in the Mexican state of Durango.

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Initial reports indicated that 11 convicts and 11 jail guards died, but Durango state police spokesman Fernando Rivas cleared the confusion saying 9 guards and 13 prisoners who tried to escape are dead.

Rivas noted that the number of fatalities could rise as several guards and prisoners are “currently in a critical condition” at the hospital.

An official statement from the department of public safety in the city of Gomez Palacio reportedly said the inmates attempted to climb the back walls of the penal center.

The convicts fired at watchtowers when prison guards made warning shots, according to the statement. An investigation on how the inmates acquired their guns is ongoing.

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