Fight between two cartels in a prison in Mexico, at least 16 dead

Mexico Cartel EPA-EFE/Ivan Villanueva

A prison showdown between members of two rival cartels in the Mexican border city of Juarez sparked riots and shootings that killed 11 people, most of them civilians, authorities said on Friday.

Los Chapos, members of the notorious Sinaloa cartel formerly led by Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, and local group Los Mexicalis opened fire inside the prison after a brief altercation, Deputy Security Minister Ricardo Mejia said.

Total chaos erupted shortly thereafter, with two shot dead and four injured, Mejia said, speaking alongside Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador at a regular news conference. Another 16 were injured in the fighting, he said.

Officials have not said what caused the collision.

After the riots, Mexicans went on a rampage through the city, authorities said, killing nine civilians. Among them were four employees of a radio station, Mejia said.

Video of the day