Eight killed and eight injured in prison clash in central Mexico

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  • Eight people have been killed in a prison clash in central Mexico. Security officials say eight other prisoners were hospitalized. The fight broke out on Friday in the state of Jalisco as inmates were playing sports. Five people have been detained for their possible role in the conflict. Officials said they recovered two firearms and a homemade explosive device. Authorities are investigating whether any public officials were involved.

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    In This Story: Mexico

    Mexico is a country in the southern portion of North America. It is the most populous Spanish-speaking nation. Mexico City is its capital city and largest metropolis.

    Mexico became an independent nation state after the successful Mexican War of Independence against Spain in 1821.

    Mexico is a developing country, but has the world’s 15th-largest economy by nominal GDP and the 11th-largest by PPP, with the United States being its largest economic partner. Since 2006, a conflict between the government and drug trafficking syndicates has led to over 120,000 deaths.

    Mexico receives a significant number of tourists every year; in 2018, it was the 6th most-visited country in the world, with 39 million international arrivals.

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