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Six dead after prison riot in western Guatemala

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By Reuters

By Sofia Menchu

GUATEMALACITY (Reuters) – Six people were killed in a prison in western Guatemala after a riot broke out at the facility on Wednesday, authorities said in a statement.

The victims were found decapitated on a patio in the overcrowded prison in the town of Cantel in the state of Quetzaltenango, the police statement said.

A police source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the killings were part of a confrontation between a gang and drug traffickers.

(Reporting by Sofia Menchu in Guatemala City; Writing by Laura Gottesdiener; Editing by Tom Hogue)