(SAO LUIS, Brazil) - Overcrowding has led to a prison riot in Brazil and the death of six inmates, reports O Globo.
The riot broke out at a prison in the Maranhao state of northern Brazil, approximately 205 miles from Sao Luis.
According to media reports, the riot started after a failed escape attempt that launched inmates into protests over jail overcrowding. Reports have also surfaced that some of those killed were decapitated.
"The prisoners say that six of the inmates have been killed, and some have been decapitated and the heads hung on the bars," Pinheiro regional commissioner Laura Amelia Barbosa told a local radio station.
Prison riots and fights are not uncommon in Brazil where, just last November, 18 inmates were killed during an outbreak. The prisoners had demanded that overcrowding be improved to better conditions at the facility. Several victims in that incident were also decapitated.
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