Venezuela Prison Riot Death Toll Hits 47, Officials Say


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CARACAS, VENEZUELA - The death toll from a prison riot in western Venezuela has risen to at least 47, with 75 wounded, an opposition politician and prisoners' rights group said Saturday.

"At the moment we have been able to confirm 47 dead and 75 wounded," deputy Maria Beatriz Martinez, elected from Portuguesa state where the Los Llanos prison is located, told AFP.

The Venezuelan Prison Observatory (OVP) rights group also gave the same tally.

The initial toll Friday from the riot at the prison in the city of Guanare was 17 dead and nine wounded.