9 prisoners killed as rival gangs clash in Philippine prison
MANILA, Philippines (AP) - Nine prisoners were killed when rival gangs clashed with knives in one of the most overcrowded prisons in the Philippines on Friday.
It was not immediately clear what sparked the violence between the Sputnik and Commando gangs before dawn in New Bilibid Prison in the metropolis of Manila.
Seven other inmates were injured in the collision, said Gabriel Chaclag, spokesman for the Bureau of Corrections. He said an investigation was ongoing and those involved in the fighting would be punished.
The Philippines has some of the most famous overcrowded prisons in the world. A Philippine president once said that imprisonment in misery and violence in the country's prisons is worse than death.
In 2005, 27 inmates, including imprisoned Muslim fighters from the brutal Abu Sayyaf group, and one policeman were killed when police forces put down a prison riot in metropolitan Manila. Ten inmates, including two Chinese drug suspects, were killed in a grenade explosion in a prison in the city of Paranaque in the capital region in 2016.
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