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Hooded men take over live TV broadcast in Ecuador
01:51 - Source: CNN
CNN  — 

Ecuador’s worsening security situation deteriorated further in spectacular fashion this week, with gunmen armed with explosives storming a TV station during a live broadcast.

The country has been rocked by blasts, police kidnappings and prison disturbances in a wave of violence authorities are struggling to contain.

The immediate trigger was the prison escape of one of Ecuador’s most powerful drug lords but instability has been growing for years. Here’s what we know.