Six inmates have been strangled to death in a prison in El Salvador.
Prison officials said Wednesday that two of the victims were minors.
Prison director Irma Mejia said that the killings happened after the inmates had been celebrating Prisoners’ Day but before they returned to their cells.
Inmates called the guards telling them the six had been taken ill, but when the guards arrived, the victims were already dead, Ms Mejia said according to the BBC
The victims were serving sentences for crimes including extortion and murder.
Prison officials said they suspected their deaths had been ordered by gang leaders serving time in another prison.
They said it had been planned to coincide with Prisoners’ Day festivities as the victims would have been drunk and therefore easier targets.