Football match between cartel members leaves 16 dead

Sixteen inmates have been killed and five others wounded in a mass fight after a prison football match..

The New Year’s Eve game involved rival drug cartel members and descended into a bloodbath involving guns and knives at the prison in Mexico. 

Local media reported there was also a foiled escape bid during two hours of violence and it took a riot squad to restore order. 

The fight broke out at the Varonil prison in the town of Cieneguillas, located in Mexico’s north-central Zacatecas state. 

Members of the rival Gulf and Los Zetas cartels were reportedly playing in the football match as an end-of-year treat watched by family members including children. 

It is thought visitors to the jail brought in guns and knives as the jail was declared free from weapons at the weekend. 

However, after the fight on Tuesday one inmate was arrested with a firearm, three more guns were found in the prison as well as 20 knives, a bone saw, two hammers and scissors.

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