Prison Riot in Argentina
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One prisoner was killed and several were injured by gunfire and several others managed to escape from Batan prison outside Mar de Plata, Argentina, when a riot erupted after a Feb. 8, 1993, break out attempt. According to differing reports, either 23 or 18 of the 25 prisoners who tried to flee were subsequently recaptured; another 80 who had remained inside the prison and had taken two hostages surrendered on Feb. 9. The prison holds about 700 prisoners total. In Coronda, another Argentine prison in the province of Santa Fe (north of Buenos Aires), some 70 prisoners started a protest on Feb. 9, after authorities discovered a tunnel more than 50 meters long.