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19 killed in Mexican prison riot

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  • Prison riot breaks out in Durango;19 killed
  • Twenty-six people were injured in two-hour riot
  • Officials say they have regained control of prison
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MEXICO CITY, Mexico (CNN) -- Nineteen people were killed and dozens were injured during a two-hour prison riot in the northern Mexico state of Durango, local officials said Saturday.

State and federal security forces were called in to quell the riot that began Friday at the prison in Gomez Palacio town. Television footage of the scene showed police officers, wearing bulletproof vests, storming the prison while crowds of onlookers gathered outside.

Some in the crowd threw sticks at the officers. Officers armed with machine guns gathered on top of the prison as large plumes of black smoke rose from the scene.


A representative for the state's attorney general said authorities have regained control of the prison.Video Watch as bullets fly during riot »

Twenty-six people were also hurt in the riot, the official said.

CNN's Krupskaia Alis contributed to this report.

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