At least 60 inmates killed and 144 escaped in brutal fighting between two gangs in an overcrowded prison of northern Brazil.
Bloodied and burned bodies were stacked in a concrete prison yard and piled in carts.
The fighting ranks among the most deadly of numerous prison riots across Latin America in the past decade.
Fontes called it “the biggest massacre” ever committed at a prison in the state.
Fontes’s department later said that 112 prisoners escaped from that prison and another 72 from the nearby Antonio Trindade Penal Institute.