QUITO, Feb. 23 (Xinhua) -- At least 50 people died on Tuesday in three prison riots in Ecuador, according to a preliminary report by the National Police.
On its Twitter account, the police said the deaths occurred in social rehabilitation centers in the provinces of Guayas (southwest), Azuay (south) and Cotopaxi (central), "where the police are taking control (of the prisons)."
"At the moment forensics report more than 50 PPL (persons deprived of liberty) dead," the police said without providing more details.
The riots broke out on Tuesday morning due to power struggles between rival gangs, according to information released by police authorities, as uniformed police officers were sent to take control of the facilities. Enditem