The Foreign Ministry confirmed the death of a third Colombian in a prison riot in Ecuador

It is estimated that 300 people have died from the prison riots that are taking place in Ecuador due to a war between drug gangs from the sister country. Photo: Nicola Gabirrete / AFP.

Through its official Twitter account, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, also the Chancellery, reported that there would be three Colombians who died in the prison riot that occurred in the Litoral Penitentiary, in Guayaquil (Ecuador) last weekend and for which there is a preliminary consolidated of 60 deaths among those deprived of liberty in the brother country.

“It was confirmed by the Ecuadorian authorities that in the prison riots there were three Colombian deaths, even though the final certification of their identities has not been carried out by the National Information System of Ecuador (SNAI), ”they trilled.

The publication included a statement that the vice president and foreign minister, Marta Lucía Ramírez, sent to the Colombian ambassador to the sister country, Manuel Enrique Rosero, where He asks you to speed up the work and procedures for the return of the deceased, in addition to showing solidarity with the families of the victims.

“Given the confirmation of the painful news that three of our nationals perished in the recent riots in the penitentiaries of Ecuador, I want to request your valuable collaboration to be very attentive, offering all the support to the families of the victims, including the consular attention that is necessary so that they can proceed with the prompt repatriation of the corpses of their loved ones “Ramírez said.

The government official of President Iván Duque He also asked the ambassador to establish as soon as possible the information on the health status of the rest of the Colombians who are part of the prison population. from Ecuador.

“Likewise, I beg you inquire about the current state of health and integrity of Colombians who are detained in those prisons, taking into account the certification issued by the National Service of Comprehensive Attention to Adults Deprived of Liberty and Adolescent Offenders (SNAI) ”, he requested.

Finally, in the statement that he sent to the Colombian representative in the neighboring country, Ramírez reiterated his solidarity with the relatives of the deceased and the rest of those affected by the riots in the prisons.

“As is customary, the Foreign Ministry must be very attentive, giving all the necessary support to the relatives of the inmates, but also obviously to reiterate all our solidarity with the government of Ecuador due to the difficult circumstances that they have had to live during the recent events “, concluded.

At the moment two of the three dead Colombians have been identified and correspond to Carlos Eduardo Medina Jaramillo and Jefferson Enrique Villarreal Guzmán, although Ambassador Enríquez Rosero, he told the newspaper Time that the names of the citizens described above were given unofficially.

Drug gangs behind the prison massacres

The riot between prisoners of liberty in the Litoral prison would originate in a fight between the gangs dedicated to drug trafficking in the neighboring country and that the authorities have identified as the Choneros, the Lobos and the Tiguerones.

According to an article from the London BBC, These criminal groups dispute the control of the prisons, and also seek the favor of the Mexican cartels of Sinaloa and Jalisco Nueva Generación, as well as the sale of narcotics in Guayaquil and abroad. which is the most populated in Ecuador according to the 2010 census.

Meanwhile, an anonymous source told Infobae America that the conflict between the gangs has escalated to the point that they are attacking the families of criminal bosses, which has affected the prisons with a death toll of 300.

According to this person, two weeks ago They assassinated the daughter of alias El Sargento, who is the second in command of Los Lobos, the second largest criminal organization in that country and that it is estimated that it has 8,000 members.

The homicide caused In revenge, they kidnapped the daughter of ‘Fito’, a criminal boss in the rival gang, who with aliases JR would be behind the attack on the pavilion dominated by Los Lobos in the coastal jail.

The situation predicts that the war will continue in the prisons, so the president of Ecuador, Guillermo Lasso, extended the state of exception due to the unusual violence in the neighboring country.


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