Prison violence in Ecuador leaves 68 dead

A massive fight at a prison in Ecuador has left at least 68 people dead and 25 injured.

Prosecutors say the violence broke out on Friday at a prison in the western city of Guayaquil and lasted for about eight hours.

A similar incident at the same prison in September left 118 dead.

Local media outlets say members of criminal organizations bribed prison officers and brought guns and explosives inside.

Reports also say gang members were fighting each other to gain control of the facility.

Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso declared a state of emergency in September and deployed military forces to restore order at prisons.

The violence is believed to be linked to international drug cartels.