Two teens die during prison riot

Relatives of inmates escaped from Las Gaviotas Male Juvenile Detention Centre during a riot gather to get news from them in Guatemala City on July 3, 2017. Photo: JOHAN ORDONEZ / AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Two 18-year-old prisoners have been killed after a riot broke out at a youth prison in the Guatemalan capital.

Several other inmates are being treated for moderate injuries.

Some prisoners managed to escape and looted a nearby shop.

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Prisoners have complained of poor living conditions, overcrowding and abuse.

The facility was built to house 250 inmates, but is currently home to nearly 500.  


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