By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – With armored vehicles and a helicopter hovering above prison grounds, Brazilian police forces stormed the Natal State Penitentiary of Alcaçuz in Rio Grande do Norte early Sunday morning, trying to put an end to a 13-hour standoff that left at least ten inmates dead, according to state authorities.

“The rebellion began around 5PM, it started from a fight between prisoners in Pavilions 4 and 5 and is restricted to the two pavilions. Information is being collected about the involvement of criminal factions. Police are working at the scene . . .

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