MEXICO CITY – Ten guards and four inmates were killed Sunday. When gunmen in armored vehicles attacked a state prison in Ciudad Juarez. Across the border from El Paso, Texas, state officials said.
The Chihuahua state prosecutor’s office said in a statement. That around 7 a.m. (8 a.m. ET) several armored vehicles arrived at the prison and gunmen opened fire on guards.
Mexican troops and state police regained control of the prison later Sunday. The state prosecutor’s office said its staff was investigating.
In August, a riot inside the same state prison spilled into the streets of Juarez in violence that left 11 dead.
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In that case, two inmates were killed inside the jail. And then alleged gang members opened fire in the city. Including killing four employees of a radio station. Who were broadcasting in a restaurant.
Violence is frequent in Mexican prisons, where authorities maintain only nominal control. Inmates from rival gangs regularly clash, serving as a proxy for drug cartels in places like Juarez.
Shortly before Sunday’s prison attack, municipal police swooped in. And managed to detain four people after a chase, according to a statement from the state prosecutor’s office. Later, police killed two alleged gunmen traveling in an SUV.