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Brazil deploys 200 new guards after jail massacres

Police officers stand guard at the entrance of the Desembargador Raimundo Vidal Pessoa public jail in Manaus, Amazonas State, Brazil, on January 8, 2017 after at least four inmates were killed during a rebellion © AFP/File / RAPHAEL ALVES

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jan 11 – The Brazilian government deployed 200 emergency personnel Tuesday to secure two northern prisons after a series of massacres left 100 inmates dead last week.

Federal security personnel including troops, civilians and firefighters were sent to Amazonas and Roraima states, where the two biggest massacres took place, justice minister Alexandre de Moraes said.

The reinforcements will bolster security around the prisons as well as helping search for 114 prisoners still on the run after violence at a jail in Manaus, Amazonas on January 2.

Hundreds of inmates were relocated to other facilities after the disturbances, in which inmates beheaded and disemboweled their rivals.

At least four inmates were killed Sunday in one of those relocation facilities, in Manaus.

That sent the number of violent prison fatalities to 100 in just one week.

Much of the violence was blamed on drug gangs targeting their rivals in overcrowded facilities.

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