Ecuador: Prison Clash Leaves 35 Dead, With 8 Beheaded...

At least 35 people have been killed and a further 50 injured after gang warfare sparked a riot in an Ecuadorian prison, reports from the country confirm. The number of dead continues to rise as police check cells. Eight of the inmates killed were beheaded.

The two gangs inside Litoral Penitentiary, Guayaquil, allegedly have links to Mexican drug cartels and were armed with 'firearms and explosives'.

Just two weeks ago, the prison service said that the prison was attacked by a drone as part of "a war between international cartels".

They confirmed yesterday morning local time that: "An alert was activated for detonations of firearms and explosions in several pavilions, due to clashes between criminal gangs."