at the least 29 inmates have been killed in a shootout with Venezuela's unique FAES police division, with 19 cops wounded, Venezuelan authorities said on Friday.

"there was an attempted get away and a fight broke out amongst(rival) gangs," Portuguesa Citizen safety Secretary Oscar Valero told journalists.

"With police intervention to prevent the get away, well, there were 29 deaths," he said, including that detainees activated 3 grenades for the duration of the clash in a police station in Acarigua, northwest Venezuela.

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Hostages or visitors

some resources mentioned the activists have been armed and had taken hostages before the shootout. Other, together with the Venezuelan jail Observatory (OVP), slammed the incident as a "bloodbath."

"How is it that there was a disagreement between prisoners and police, however there are only useless prisoners?" Humberto Prado of OVP asked. "And if the prisoners had guns, how did the ones weapons get in?"

according to Prado, detainees have been pushing back towards the initiative to transfer them to prisons wherein their spouse and children might not be capable of go to. The police entered the premises to carry out searches and remove journeying girls whilst the violence commenced, he brought.

Prisons complete of 'rats and bugs'

The kingdom's prisons ministry did no longer comment on the Friday incident, saying police station jails are out in their jurisdiction.

remaining year, the UN slammed the dramatic overcrowding and dismal conditions in detention centers throughout the us of a.

"The infrastructure is infested with rats and bugs," UN legit Ravina Shamdasani, "And in many detention centers across the u . S ., detainees have restrained get entry to to meals and water, consisting of ingesting water."

dj/jm (AFP, AP, Reuters, dpa)