2 Jan 2016

At least eight killed in Guatemala jail riot

8:06 pm on 2 January 2016

A riot at a jail in Guatemala has left at least eight inmates dead and more than 20 injured.

Authorities say the inmates were drinking on New Year's Eve when a fight broke out.

They set fire to mattresses and bedsheets and cut power at the jail in the city of Puerto Barrios, about 300 kilometres northeast of the capital.

At least two prisoners were beheaded by fellow inmates.

The government said there were about 1000 prisoners in the jail, which is designed to hold 400.