VENEZUELA: Nine prisoners and two guards were killed during a riot in a prison in the western Venezuelan state of Lara, Prisons Minister Iris Varela said on Friday, the country’s second in a week.
The latest riot at the Fenix prison on Thursday was now under control and would be investigated by the prosecutor’s office, Varela said.
Varela said that Joshua Holt, a US citizen and Mormon missionary who jailed in the Helicoide, was still incarcerated. The Helicoide revolt prompted the US government to call for his release.
A US citizen was also being held at the Fenix prison, officials from the US embassy in Caracas told a news conference, adding that they were concerned for his safety.
Weapons and drugs are rife in Venezuela’s infamous prisons.