In a gripping development, a murder was reported in an Ecuadorian prison cell during a disturbance that escalated when a drone attacked the facility with an explosive.
The shocking incident underscores a growing wave of violence engulfing Ecuador's prisons, marked by deadly clashes between rival factions and drug cartels vying for control.
Explosive Drone Attack
The National Service for Comprehensive Care for Adults and Adolescents Deprived of Liberty (SNAI) revealed that on Monday, November 27, an inmate was murdered in the Sucumbíos prison following a riot triggered by an explosive device attack. Amid the chaos incited by the drone assault, one inmate, identified as Sebastián M., attacked another prisoner, identified as J.B.G., who died on the spot. The Police have apprehended the alleged killer, who is now under the authority's control.
Prison Violence: An Alarming Trend
This violent episode is part of a series of conflicts that have plagued Ecuadorian prisons, where disputes between rival factions and drug cartel control have led to numerous deadly incidents in the past. The drone attack, which dropped an explosive device near the medium and minimum security pavilions, created a mass gathering among the inmates. It heralds an alarming escalation in the tactics employed in the prison power struggle.
Restoring Order and Safety
Authorities are vigorously investigating the incident and seeking measures to restore order and enhance security in the country's prisons. The deadly drone attack and subsequent murder underscore the pressing need for improved surveillance and stricter regulations to stem the tide of violence and maintain control within the prison walls.