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New Brazil prison clash kills four in Amazon region

A new prison uprising in Brazil on Sunday left four dead, adding

to the chaos in the country's penitentiary system that has killed nearly 100 inmates in the past week in a brutal gang war. The latest violence took place at the Desembargador Raimundo Vidal Pessoa jail in the centre of the jungle city of Manaus, according to a statement from the government penitentiary agency in Amazonas state, where the facility is located. Three of the dead were beheaded while one was strangled to death. It did not give a motive for the killings and it was not yet known if drug gangs were involved. In the last week, 64 inmates have been killed in prisons in or near Manaus. A prison uprising in the neighbouring state of Roraima left at least 33 dead. Behind the bloodshed is an escalating feud between Brazil's biggest drug gangs, which ended two decades of an uneasy working relationship about six months ago.