A clash between two groups at a South American prison in Ecuador has killed at least 43 inmates and injured more than 100 others.

According to foreign media reports, the clash took place at the Santo Domingo prison, 80 kilometers from the Ecuadorian capital, Quito, while a prisoner named Anchondia was being transferred to a cell.

National Police Commander Fasto Salinas says Anchondia has been involved in prison riots before. Clashes between Los Lobos and the R Seven gang killed 43 prisoners and injured more than 100.

As a result of the riots in the jail, 220 prisoners escaped from the jail, out of which 112 have been re-arrested.

Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso has expressed his condolences to the families of those killed in a bloody clash between gang war groups.

Prison clashes are common in the South American country of Ecuador, where 400 people have been killed in riots since 2021.