17 killed in attempted prison break in Mexico: reports

Mexican media say 11 inmates and six guards were killed in a prison shootout.

MEXICO CITY — Eleven inmates and six guards were killed in a shootout during a prison break attempt Tuesday in northern Mexico, local media reported, citing a statement from the security ministry in Durango state.

The inmates shot at guard towers in a jail in Gomez Palacio, Mexico, as they attempted to escape through a back wall and tunnel, and guards fired back to contain the revolt, according to a statement attributed to the ministry, which was posted on the Animal Politico website and cited by the El Universal and Milenio newspapers.

No one was immediately available at the security ministry for comment.

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