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Dozens killed in riot and fire at Mexico prison, reports

Published 11/02/2016

Video grab showing riot police and relatives of inmates of a prison in the northern city of Monterrey in Mexico on February 11, 2016. At least 30 people died in a prison riot on Thursday, local media reported. Riot police and ambulances were deployed at the Topo Chico prison as smoke billowed from the facility. Broadcaster Televisa reported that 30 died while Milenio television spoke of 50 victims, with inmates and prison guards among them. AFP PHOTO / FRANCISCO COBOSFrancisco Cobos/AFP/Getty Images
Video grab showing riot police and relatives of inmates of a prison in the northern city of Monterrey in Mexico on February 11, 2016. At least 30 people died in a prison riot on Thursday, local media reported. Riot police and ambulances were deployed at the Topo Chico prison as smoke billowed from the facility. Broadcaster Televisa reported that 30 died while Milenio television spoke of 50 victims, with inmates and prison guards among them. AFP PHOTO / FRANCISCO COBOSFrancisco Cobos/AFP/Getty Images
Relatives of inmates gather outside the Topo Chico prison in the northern city of Monterrey in Mexico where according to local media at least 30 people died in a prison riot on February 11, 2016. Riot police and ambulances were deployed at the Topo Chico prison as smoke billowed from the facility. Broadcaster Televisa reported that 30 died while Milenio television spoke of 50 victims, with inmates and prison guards among them. AFP PHOTO / JULIO CESAR AGUILARJulio Cesar Aguilar/AFP/Getty Images
Relatives of inmates gather outside the Topo Chico prison in the northern city of Monterrey in Mexico where according to local media at least 30 people died in a prison riot on February 11, 2016. Riot police and ambulances were deployed at the Topo Chico prison as smoke billowed from the facility. Broadcaster Televisa reported that 30 died while Milenio television spoke of 50 victims, with inmates and prison guards among them. AFP PHOTO / JULIO CESAR AGUILARJulio Cesar Aguilar/AFP/Getty Images
Security forces are deployed outside the Topo Chico prison in the northern city of Monterrey in Mexico where according to local media at least 30 people died in a prison riot on February 11, 2016. Riot police and ambulances were deployed at the Topo Chico prison as smoke billowed from the facility. Broadcaster Televisa reported that 30 died while Milenio television spoke of 50 victims, with inmates and prison guards among them. AFP PHOTO / JULIO CESAR AGUILARJulio Cesar Aguilar/AFP/Getty Images
Security forces are deployed outside the Topo Chico prison in the northern city of Monterrey in Mexico where according to local media at least 30 people died in a prison riot on February 11, 2016. Riot police and ambulances were deployed at the Topo Chico prison as smoke billowed from the facility. Broadcaster Televisa reported that 30 died while Milenio television spoke of 50 victims, with inmates and prison guards among them. AFP PHOTO / JULIO CESAR AGUILARJulio Cesar Aguilar/AFP/Getty Images
Relatives of inmates gather outside the Topo Chico prison in the northern city of Monterrey in Mexico where according to local media at least 30 people died in a prison riot on February 11, 2016. Riot police and ambulances were deployed at the Topo Chico prison as smoke billowed from the facility. Broadcaster Televisa reported that 30 died while Milenio television spoke of 50 victims, with inmates and prison guards among them. AFP PHOTO / JULIO CESAR AGUILARJulio Cesar Aguilar/AFP/Getty Images
Relatives of inmates gather outside the Topo Chico prison in the northern city of Monterrey in Mexico where according to local media at least 30 people died in a prison riot on February 11, 2016. Riot police and ambulances were deployed at the Topo Chico prison as smoke billowed from the facility. Broadcaster Televisa reported that 30 died while Milenio television spoke of 50 victims, with inmates and prison guards among them. AFP PHOTO / JULIO CESAR AGUILARJulio Cesar Aguilar/AFP/Getty Images
Video grab showing police vehicles leaving a prison in the northern city of Monterrey in Mexico on February 11, 2016 where according to local media at least 30 people died in a prison riot. Riot police and ambulances were deployed at the Topo Chico prison as smoke billowed from the facility. Broadcaster Televisa reported that 30 died while Milenio television spoke of 50 victims, with inmates and prison guards among them. AFP PHOTO / FRANCISCO COBOSFrancisco Cobos/AFP/Getty Images
Video grab showing riot police and relatives of inmates of a prison in the northern city of Monterrey in Mexico on February 11, 2016. At least 30 people died in a prison riot on Thursday, local media reported. Riot police and ambulances were deployed at the Topo Chico prison as smoke billowed from the facility. Broadcaster Televisa reported that 30 died while Milenio television spoke of 50 victims, with inmates and prison guards among them. AFP PHOTO / FRANCISCO COBOSFrancisco Cobos/AFP/Getty Images
Video grab showing riot police outside a prison in the northern city of Monterrey in Mexico on February 11, 2016. At least 30 people died in a prison riot on Thursday, local media reported. Riot police and ambulances were deployed at the Topo Chico prison as smoke billowed from the facility. Broadcaster Televisa reported that 30 died while Milenio television spoke of 50 victims, with inmates and prison guards among them. AFP PHOTO/FRANCISCO COBOSFrancisco Cobos/AFP/Getty Images
Video grab showing a police vehicle outside a prison in the northern city of Monterrey in Mexico on February 11, 2016 where according to local media at least 30 people died in a prison riot. Riot police and ambulances were deployed at the Topo Chico prison as smoke billowed from the facility. Broadcaster Televisa reported that 30 died while Milenio television spoke of 50 victims, with inmates and prison guards among them. AFP PHOTO / FRANCISCO COBOSFrancisco Cobos/AFP/Getty Images
Video grab showing riot police officers deployed outside a prison in the northern city of Monterrey in Mexico on February 11, 2016 where according to local media at least 30 people died in a prison riot. Riot police and ambulances were deployed at the Topo Chico prison as smoke billowed from the facility. Broadcaster Televisa reported that 30 died while Milenio television spoke of 50 victims, with inmates and prison guards among them. AFP PHOTO / FRANCISCO COBOSFrancisco Cobos/AFP/Getty Images
Video grab showing the prison in the northern city of Monterrey in Mexico where according to local media at least 30 people died in a prison riot on February 11, 2016. Riot police and ambulances were deployed at the Topo Chico prison as smoke billowed from the facility. Broadcaster Televisa reported that 30 died while Milenio television spoke of 50 victims, with inmates and prison guards among them. AFP PHOTO / FRANCISCO COBOSFrancisco Cobos/AFP/Getty Images
Video grab showing riot police and relatives of inmates of a prison in the northern city of Monterrey in Mexico on February 11, 2016. At least 30 people died in a prison riot on Thursday, local media reported. Riot police and ambulances were deployed at the Topo Chico prison as smoke billowed from the facility. Broadcaster Televisa reported that 30 died while Milenio television spoke of 50 victims, with inmates and prison guards among them. AFP PHOTO/FRANCISCO COBOSFrancisco Cobos/AFP/Getty Images
Video grab showing security forces deployed in the northern city of Monterrey in Mexico where according to local media at least 30 people died in a prison riot on February 11, 2016. Riot police and ambulances were deployed at the Topo Chico prison as smoke billowed from the facility. Broadcaster Televisa reported that 30 died while Milenio television spoke of 50 victims, with inmates and prison guards among them. AFP PHOTO / FRANCISCO COBOSFrancisco Cobos/AFP/Getty Images

A riot and fire has broken out at a northern Mexico prison reportedly killing dozens.

According to local media reports the trouble is believed to have started this morning.

Witnesses said the fire broke out at about 12.30am (0630 GMT) amid shouts and sounds of explosions.

A thick cloud of smoke rose, apparently from inmates burning mattresses.

Mileno TV said at least 50 people including prison guards have been killed.

It has also been reported that some inmates have escaped from the Topo Chico prison near the city of Monterrey.

Riot police have been holding back concerned relatives of inmates who have gathered outside worried about family inside.

Some shook and kicked at the prison gates, demanding to be allowed in.

Officials have not yet confirmed the number of people killed in the riot.

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