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Seventeen People Killed During Mexican Prison Break

EL NORTE (Mexico), CNN (USA), BBC NEWS (UK)

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MEXICO CITY - At least 17 people were killed in a Northern Mexico prison on Tuesday, reports El Norte.

Eleven inmates and six guards died in a shootout as the prisoners attempted to escape the prison through tunnels, reports CNN.

"The inmates started to shoot with firearms toward the guard towers and the guard areas," the statement said.

The incident occurred at around 5 PM local time in Gomez Palacio, in the outskirts of the city of Torreon (Durango State).


Map of Gomez Palacio, Mexico - Source: Googlemaps

This happened a day after the new Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto announced the creation of a national police force to help tackle crime and violence in crime-ridden Mexico. His plan is to recruit 10,000 officers to combat crimes linked to drug violence, extortion and kidnappings.

Assaults and mass prison breaks are frequent in the country. In the same jail last year, 11 inmates were killed in a fight.

In July 2010, Mexico's attorney general's office alleged that inmates from the prison were let out to kill rival drug gang members, according to CNN.

In September, more than 130 prisoners, many from the powerful Zetas cartel, escaped from a prison in the Northern State of Coahuila, close to the U.S.-Mexico border.

Only a handful of them have been re-arrested, reports BBC News.

Human right groups have denounced the awful living conditions of prisoners in Mexican facilities for several years. However, the government has yet failed to take any action.

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January 11, 2023, Ankara (Turkey): Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the International Conference of the Board of Grievances on January 11.

Turkish Presidency / APA Images via ZUMA Press Wire
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PARIS — This story has all the key elements of our age: the backdrop of the war in Ukraine, the excessive ambitions of an autocrat, the opportunism of a right-wing demagogue, Islamophobia... And at the end, a country, Sweden, whose NATO membership, which should have been only a formality, has been blocked.

Last spring, under the shock of the invasion of Ukraine by Vladimir Putin's Russia, Sweden and Finland, two neutral countries in northern Europe, decided to apply for membership in NATO. For Sweden, this is a major turning point: the kingdom’s neutrality had lasted more than 150 years.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan raised objections. It demanded that Sweden stop sheltering Kurdish opponents in its country. This has nothing to do with NATO or Ukraine, but everything to do with Erdogan's electoral agenda, as he campaigns for the Turkish presidential elections next May.

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