Gang battle at Ecuador prison kills more than 110

A battle between two gangs at a prison in Ecuador has killed more than 110 inmates and injured dozens in the latest of a series of penitentiary violence episodes.

The Ecuadorian government says that the deadly fight between members of two rival groups broke out on Tuesday at a prison in the western city of Guayaquil.

Video footage from the prison shows an inmate leaning over a window and firing a gun, as well as smoke rising after multiple explosions.

Security forces brought the riot under control after about five hours from the outbreak. At least 116 inmates have been confirmed dead and about 80 others injured.

Police believe rivalry between the two crime organizations over the control of prison facilities is behind the battle. The gang members bribe prison officers and effectively manage the facilities.

In February, 79 inmates were killed in gang battles that occurred at multiple jails simultaneously. Similar clashes killed 22 people in July.

Ecuador's President Guillermo Lasso said at a hastily arranged news conference that he intends to reform the country's prison system to prevent further bloodshed.