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20 killed in attempted prison escape in Brazil



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Police officers near the prison of Santa Izabel on Tuesday after attempting to escape led to a deadly shootout.

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SÃO PAULO, Brazil – Gunmen attacked a prison in northern Brazil and attempted to facilitate mass influx of detainees on Tuesday The authorities said they had been injured at least four.

Public security officials in Para State identified 19 of the dead as prisoners or their followers. A guard in jail, the prison of Santa Izabel, also died.

Officials jailed in prison on Tuesday night to determine if inmates could escape.

In a statement, police investigator Rodrigo Leao said two assault weapons, three pistols, and two other pistols were confiscated by a group attempting to enter the prison to allow an outbreak by inmates.

The outbreak attempt began when explosives were used against a prison wall, according to a statement by the State Security Secretariat. The police and the guards then exchanged gunfire against the armed men trying to escape inmates, and with the inmates who were armed, it said:

It was not immediately clear how many of the dead were prisoners and how many They tried to help them escape.

Brazil, Latin America's largest nation, has more than 726,000 prisoners, one of the largest inmate populations in the world. Many of his prisons have terrible conditions, and gang leaders often run drug trafficking behind bars.

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