Members of Security Forces move a body after a riot at Cascavel State Penitentiary, west of Parana, Brazil, on Aug. 26, 2014. Five inmates died during a riot started on Aug. 24 in a jail in south Brazil and finished on early Tuesday, Parana's State Secretariat of Justice said. The inmates kept as hostages two guards for 45 hours, before the ending of the protest. (Xinhua/Ailton Santos/Jornal Hoje/Estadao Conteudo/AGENCIA ESTADO)
RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 26 (Xinhua) -- A prison riot that broke out Sunday in southern Brazil's state of Parana ended early Tuesday after five inmates were killed in the melee.
The state secretariat of justice said nearly a thousand inmates took part in the riot, which saw two prison guards taken hostage for 45 hours, before the situation was brought under control.
Four deaths had already been confirmed before police were finally able to enter the Cascavel State Penitentiary in southern Parana around 3:30 am local time (06:30 GMT) Tuesday, following negotiations between prisoners and authorities.
Rioters had decapitated two of the inmates and tossed the bodies of another two from the facility's 15-meter-high rooftop.
At least 25 people were injured in the riot, excluding the two guards who had been seized early Sunday and taken to the hospital upon their release. But the guards' injuries were not life threatening, said officials.
At least 80 percent of the facility was also damaged in the tumult, which ended after officials transferred 851 of the 1,040 prisoners to other jails with better conditions.
Unlike many other prisons, the Cascavel was not overcrowded, as it can accommodate up to 1,116 inmates, said officials. The inmates, however, were protesting against lack of facilities, poor quality of food and alleged mistreatment by the guards.