February 20th, 2012
09:14 AM ET

Mexican official: Prisoners may have escaped in riot that killed 44

MONTERREY, Mexico (CNN) - Authorities are investigating what caused clashes that left at least 44 dead in a northern Mexico prison - and whether any inmates escaped.

A fierce rivalry between drug cartels likely fueled the fighting Sunday inside a prison in Apodaca, Nuevo Leon, state security spokesman Jorge Domene told reporters.

Prisoners could have used the riot to engineer a breakout, Domene said. He did not say whether inmates had escaped from the overcrowded prison or how prisoners inside acquired the clubs, stones and sharp objects they used in the fighting.

Guards may have been complicit, he said, and authorities have detained them - along with the prison's director - for questioning.

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  1. Andreas Moser

    Reminds me of 24 – season 3.

    February 20, 2012 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  2. hope

    Unfortunately, justice or the lack of it, has a price tag attached. You got money? You can buy anything.

    February 20, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  3. Medium Tedium

    Mexican prison corrupt? You're kidding!

    February 20, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. White is always right!!


    February 21, 2012 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |