(Image source: Al Jazeera)

BY NICHOLE CARTMELL

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At least six guards and 11 inmates are among the dead following an attempted jail break. The incident took place in Durango, a northern Mexico state. Here’s KRGV with the details.

“Authorities say the inmates tried to climb the prison's back walls. The guards then fired into the a to try to stop them. Authorities say somehow the inmates got guns and started firing into the watchtowers.”

According to the Associated Press, soldiers surrounded the facility to help stop the prison break. The situation is now under control.

The BBC reports this comes only a day after President Enrique Pena Nieto announced the creation of a national police force to help tackle crime and violence.

“On Monday, President Pena Nieto unveiled a six-point strategy to combat crimes linked to drug violence, kidnappings and extortions. His plan includes a new militarised force of 10,000 officers. However, there has currently been no mention of reviewing the country's antiquated and dangerous prisons...”

But this isn’t the first time violence has been reported at this particular prison. According to CNN, 11 inmates were killed in a fight at the prison last year. And in 2010 inmates allegedly were let out of the prison to kill rival drug gang members. CNN reports...

“At the time, a spokesman for the attorney general's office said prison officials had allowed a group of inmates to leave the Cereso No. 2 prison in police vehicles to launch an attack at a birthday celebration that left 17 dead. Top prison workers were named as suspects in an investigation.”

Al Jazeera also points out jailbreaks are becoming a recurring problem throughout Mexico.

“In the last two years, 521 prisoners have escaped, while 352 homicides have been committed inside penitentiaries, according to the National Human Rights Commission... It said 60 per cent of Mexico's prisons are controlled by organised crime groups.”

The BBC says gang violence is a growing epidemic in the Mexican penal system.

Mexican Prison Break Attempt Kills 17

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Dec 19, 2012

Mexican Prison Break Attempt Kills 17

(Image source: Al Jazeera)

BY NICHOLE CARTMELL

ANCHOR LOGAN TITTLE

At least six guards and 11 inmates are among the dead following an attempted jail break. The incident took place in Durango, a northern Mexico state. Here’s KRGV with the details.

“Authorities say the inmates tried to climb the prison's back walls. The guards then fired into the a to try to stop them. Authorities say somehow the inmates got guns and started firing into the watchtowers.”

According to the Associated Press, soldiers surrounded the facility to help stop the prison break. The situation is now under control.

The BBC reports this comes only a day after President Enrique Pena Nieto announced the creation of a national police force to help tackle crime and violence.

“On Monday, President Pena Nieto unveiled a six-point strategy to combat crimes linked to drug violence, kidnappings and extortions. His plan includes a new militarised force of 10,000 officers. However, there has currently been no mention of reviewing the country's antiquated and dangerous prisons...”

But this isn’t the first time violence has been reported at this particular prison. According to CNN, 11 inmates were killed in a fight at the prison last year. And in 2010 inmates allegedly were let out of the prison to kill rival drug gang members. CNN reports...

“At the time, a spokesman for the attorney general's office said prison officials had allowed a group of inmates to leave the Cereso No. 2 prison in police vehicles to launch an attack at a birthday celebration that left 17 dead. Top prison workers were named as suspects in an investigation.”

Al Jazeera also points out jailbreaks are becoming a recurring problem throughout Mexico.

“In the last two years, 521 prisoners have escaped, while 352 homicides have been committed inside penitentiaries, according to the National Human Rights Commission... It said 60 per cent of Mexico's prisons are controlled by organised crime groups.”

The BBC says gang violence is a growing epidemic in the Mexican penal system.

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