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At least 30 killed in Bolivia prison melee

Inmates relatives members press surround an ambulance leaving Palmasoljail SantCruz BoliviFriday Aug. 23 2013. At least 15 inmates were killed

Inmates relatives and members of the press surround an ambulance leaving the Palmasola jail in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, Friday, Aug. 23, 2013. At least 15 inmates were killed, many in a fire, early Friday in a battle among inmates for control of part of an overcrowded maximum-security prison in Bolivia's eastern lowlands, according to National Police Chief Alberto Aracena. (AP Photo)

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LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia’s national ombudsman’s office and a respected regional human rights group say at least 30 people have been killed and 60 injured in a prison riot.

Police have not yet updated the death toll of 15 provided a few hours after the dawn battle inside the Palmasola maximum-security prison, Bolivia’s largest.

The higher toll was provided by the ombudsman’s office and by the Santa Cruz office of the Permanent Assembly of Human Rights. Each said they did their own count.

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