At least 28 inmates killed in Mexican prison gang riot

The deadly brawl which also left three wounded took place at a Acapulco prison in the Guerrero state

He said bodies were found strewn around Las Cruces prison's security module as well as in the kitchen.

Authorities had initially reported only five deaths, but later drastically raised the toll when more bodies were found scattered throughout the Acapulco prison.

ACAPULCO | Twenty-eight inmates died and three others injured Thursday in Mexico during a mutiny in a prison in Acapulco, the tourist port in the State of Guerrero, torn by the violence of organized crime, authorities said.

'The incident began because of the constant dispute between rival groups inside the prison, ' Alvarez said.

According to Roberto Alvarez Heredia, security spokesman for the state of Guerrero, the fight started in the prison's maximum security wing.

An internal state police report claims guns were fired in the maximum security wing and it is thought they were fired by prisoners.

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Mexico's chronically overcrowded prisons are frequently hit by riots and jailbreaks.

In June, Mexico's governmental rights agency issued a report that said numerous country's prisons are unsafe, overcrowded and understaffed. Prisoners are often said to have de facto control.

Last February, a brawl inside a jail in the northern industrial city of Monterrey, between inmates aligned with the Zetas and Gulf drug cartels, resulted in 49 deaths.

After the Monterrey riot past year, the authorities found dozens of knives, cocaine and flat-screen TVs inside, highlighting the control drug cartels had over the prison.

Acapulco is the biggest city in Guerrero, one of Mexico's most lawless states and a centre of opium poppy production that has been a major concern to U.S. officials.

The United States and Mexico are discussing how to crack down on cartels now that most of the established capos have been killed or captured in a decade-long, military-led campaign.

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