Brazil prison clashes 'kill 25 inmates'

At least 25 inmates have been killed in clashes between two rival factions in an overcrowded prison in northern Brazil, local media report. Seven of the dead were beheaded and six others burned to death, a police official reportedly said. The incident in Boa Vista, the capital of Roraima state, happened during visiting hours. Some 100 visitors who were taken as hostages have been freed and the riot has ended, the reports added. The state government said it was waiting for a prisoner count to confirm the death toll. The violence started when inmates broke into another section of the prison where members of a different faction were being held, Capt Falkner Ferreira was quoted as saying by G1 website (in Portuguese).

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