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Seven dead and 13 injured in long gun battle at Mexican prison

The gun battle took place in Ciudad Victoria in Mexico
The gun battle took place in Ciudad Victoria in Mexico

An hours-long gun battle at a northern Mexico prison has left seven people dead and 13 injured, authorities said.

Continuous automatic gunfire was heard late on Tuesday at the prison in Ciudad Victoria, the capital of the border state of Tamaulipas.

The gunfire continued into Wednesday morning at the prison, which has been one of Mexico's most troubled jails.

The state security spokesman's office said seven people died and 13 were injured in the shootouts.

Authorities said earlier that the dead included three police officers; it was unclear whether the rest of the dead were inmates.

Inmates at the state prison somehow managed to obtain guns and began fighting authorities.

The prison has been the scene of shootings, smuggled guns, riots and escapes.

Ciudad Victoria has long been dominated by the hyper-violent Zetas drug cartel.

A fight between prisoners at the same facility left three inmates dead in March.

That clash followed a riot and mass escape through a tunnel that inmates built in a prison patio.

Most of the prisoners have since been recaptured.

Inmates have frequently had access to guns in the prison.

During the March escape, at least one prisoner had a gun that he used to kill a passing motorist in a carjacking.

Police later found two assault rifles buried in a planter in the prison.