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Death toll in Bolivia prison clash rises to 31

Saturday - 8/24/2013, 2:19pm  ET

A woman who has a family member inside the Palmasola jail, behind, reads a newspaper with the front page covered with the story of yesterday's deadly riot with the headline in Spanish "Horrible" in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013. A battle among rival gangs in the prison in Bolivia's eastern lowlands Friday left 30 people dead, many burned to death, as witnesses said inmates used propane gas tanks as flamethrowers. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

Associated Press

SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia (AP) -- The death toll from a Bolivia prison battle has risen to 31 after an inmate died in a hospital.

Police and medical officials say the latest death occurred Saturday. Most victims of the Friday battle among rival gangs were inmates, but a 1 ½-year-old toddler died along with his father. Bolivian law allows children 6 and younger to stay with their parents in prison.

Another 60 people were injured in the clash at Palmasola maximum-security prison outside the regional capital of Santa Cruz. Authorities say inmates in one cell block attacked a neighboring cell block with knives, machetes and canisters of gas.

Jorge Perez, a government vice minister, says the bodies are being taken Saturday to a hospital morgue to undergo autopsies and be identified.


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