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Police enter two Brazil prisons after rioting leaves 27 inmates dead

Police enter two Brazil prisons after rioting leaves 27 inmates dead

Twenty-seven inmates have died in eruptions of violence in two northern Brazilian prisons, officials said Sunday as they quelled the latest in a string of prison disturbances across the country in which more than 100 people have died within two weeks. 

State security officials said fighting between rival gangs broke out Saturday at the adjacent Alcacuz and Rogerio Coutinho lockups near the city of Natal in the Rio Grande do Norte state. 

Officials waited until dawn Sunday before entering to try to re-impose control, said state security chief Caio Cesar Bezerra. 

“This way we guaranteed a calm intervention … without resistance from the...

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