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5 killed and 30 injured in prison explosion

Published:Friday | August 5, 2016 | 12:00 AM

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP):

An explosion in a Venezuela prison yard has killed five inmates and left 30 wounded.

The public prosecutor's office says it appears that somebody threw two explosive devices Wednesday night at the Alayon detention centre in the town of Maracay, two hours west of Caracas.

Local media reported that explosives were detonated during a clash among inmates.

Federal officials are launching an investigation.

Venezuelan prisons are notoriously overcrowded and lawless. Many are run by prison gangs that have access to powerful weapons behind bars.