Sunday, January 27, 2013
Venezuela's top prisons official says authorities have finished evacuating inmates from a prison where 61 were reported killed in one of the country's deadliest prison riots ever.
Penitentiary Service Minister Iris Varela says in a message on Twitter that the evacuation of Uribana prison in the city of Barquisimeto has finished. She posted photos on Sunday morning of inmates filing out led by authorities.
The authorities have yet to provide an official death toll from the violence on Friday, which pitted armed inmates against National Guard troops.
Dr. Ruy Medina is director of Central Hospital in the city. He told The Associated Press on Saturday that the number of dead had risen to 61, and about 120 were wounded in the violence.