Over a Dozen Killed During Wild Mexican Prison Escape

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On Sunday, an armed attack on a state jail in the Mexican border city of Juarez reportedly killed at least 14 people and wounded another 13.

According to the Chihuahua state prosecutor’s office, gunmen arrived at the Cereso state jail at 7 a.m. in armed cars and began fire on guards.

According to the prosecutor’s office, ten guards and three detainees were slain before the Mexican army and police reclaimed control of the facility about midday. During the event, at least 24 convicts fled.

According to Juarez Mayor Cruz Perez Cuellar, five individuals were detained and three alleged assailants were murdered during a police chase and gunfight.

After breaking out of jail, some convicts allegedly stole automobiles throughout the city.

The Cereso state jail is regarded as one of the most hazardous prisons in Latin America.

According to government sources, it is controlled by an organized crime syndicate that has directed assaults on Juarez from within the facility.

The attack on Sunday was blamed on rival gangs, a recurrent theme in the Mexican city, which is rife with violence as drug cartels vie for control of the vital border town just south of El Paso, Texas.

Mexican officials are on “high alert” as they continue to investigate who was behind the horrific jail break.

The jail attack on New Year’s Day comes on the heels of a prison uprising in Ciudad Juarez last year.

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