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15 killed in Brazil prison violence

Clashes between inmates at a prison in northern Brazil have cost fifteen lives, say local officials.

The fighting reportedly erupted on Sunday during visiting hours at Anísio Jobim Penitentiary Complex, in Manaus.

Some of the victims were stabbed with sharpened toothbrushes in front of visitors, whilst others were strangled to death.

Officials say the violence has been contained and an investigation has begun into the cause of the violence.

“Everyone started to run, and everyone was pounding on the cell gates, at the doors, and running down the aisles,” the mother of an inmate – who pleaded anonymity – told the Rio Times.

The jail clashes come only two years after infighting killed fifty-six at the same facility, one of the deadliest riots ever in a Brazilian prison.

Official sources say Brazil has the world’s third-largest prison population, approximately 712,000 inmates.

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