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Mexican prison break attempt leaves 17 dead

GUADALAJARA, Mexico – At least 17 people were killed in shootout during an attempted prison break in northern Mexico on Tuesday, El Universal reported.

Eleven prisoners and six prison guards died, Agence France-Presse reported.

Wardens were "thwarting the inmates' attempted prison break" in the city of Gomez Palacio when the deadly clashes broke out, AFP reported, citing a statement from the public security office of Durango state.

At around 5 p.m local time the prisoners opened fire on guard towers as they tried to escape through a back wall and tunnel, Reuters said.

The guards returned fire to "contain the revolt."

Further information was not immediately available.

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This article originally appeared on GlobalPost.

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