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Police take control of prison after gang fight

Published:Sunday | January 22, 2017 | 1:00 AM

NATAL, Brazil (AP)

Military police took control yesterday of a prison in north eastern Brazil after fighting between rival gangs left 26 inmates dead in recent days, the latest in a spate of violence in the country's penitentiaries.

A week after the violence first erupted at Alcacuz prison, military police, including riot police and others, moved into the complex outside the city of Natal.

As a helicopter flew overhead, an armoured vehicle also entered the complex and later construction equipment was brought in. Authorities would not say how many officers entered the complex, but an Associated Press reporter saw about 40 go in.

A few hours after the operation began a military police spokesman, said the complex was again under police control. The police forces now inside Alcacuz plan to separate rival prisoners, including by erecting a wall made of shipping containers.