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Mexican jail riot leaves 19 dead

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Violence flares in and around La Mesa jail

At least 19 people have been killed in a riot at a prison in Mexico - the second outbreak of violence at the jail in less than a week, officials say.

Another 12 people were injured when violence broke out at the La Mesa prison in Tijuana, near the US border.

Family members were quoted as saying inmates were protesting at their treatment since a riot on Sunday which led to at least three inmates' deaths.

About 200 inmates were being moved to other jails following Wednesday's riot.

The authorities had regained control of the prison and were increasing security, Baja California Governor Jose Osuna said.

Mass protest

"Up to the last count, there are 19 dead and 12 wounded," Daniel de la Rosa, Baja California's state police chief, told a news conference on Thursday.

Hundreds of family members have been gathering outside the prison since Sunday's riot, which destroyed large parts of the prison.

At least three inmates died in the first riot - which was reportedly sparked by the death of an inmate during a search for drugs and weapons - although some reports put the total at four.

Relatives said the second riot broke out because inmates had not been given any food or water since Sunday, according to the Associated Press.

They have also reportedly accused the authorities of lying about Sunday's events.


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