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Two inmates beheaded in Brazil prison riot

Inmates rioting to press for better facilities in an overcrowded Brazilian jail have beheaded two fellow prisoners and taken two guards hostage, officials said Sunday (Aug 25).

BRASILIA: Inmates rioting to press for better facilities in an overcrowded Brazilian jail have beheaded two fellow prisoners and taken two guards hostage, officials said Sunday (Aug 25). Miguel Llanela, a civilian police officer at the Cascavel state correctional centre in the southern city of Parana, also said 80 per cent of the facility, which houses 1,400 inmates, has been taken over by prisoners.

"It is a tough situation. Police do control the remaining 20 per cent and a negotiator has arrived. But it is hard to know how long this situation will go on for," Llanela said, without giving a number of rioting inmates. State prison officials told G1 news the prisoners launched a violent push for better food and cleaner facilities.

Brazil currently has more than half a million prisoners and faces severe overcrowding. It is short some 200,000 incarceration spots, according to the NGO Conectas that works on prisoners' rights.