- Associated Press - Thursday, February 11, 2016

A brawl between rival drug gangs turned into a riot early Thursday at an overcrowded penitentiary in northern Mexico, leaving 52 inmates dead and 12 injured. Here’s what we know about the country’s deadliest prison melee in years:

- The fighting at the Topo Chico prison in Monterrey began around midnight with inmates setting fire to a storage area, sending flames and smoke billowing into the sky.

- Nuevo Leon state Gov. Jaime Rodriguez said the fight involved two factions led by a member of the Zetas drug cartel, Juan Pedro Zaldivar Farias, also known as “Z-27,” and Jorge Ivan Hernandez Cantu, identified by Mexican media as a Gulf cartel figure.

- Zaldivar Farias was a suspect in the 2010 killing of American David Hartley on Falcon Lake, which makes up part of the border between Mexico and Texas. Hartley was reportedly gunned down while touring the reservoir with his wife on jet skis.

- No inmates escaped during the riot.

- The violence came on the eve of Pope Francis’ arrival in Mexico. The pontiff is scheduled to visit another prison next week in the border city of Ciudad Juarez.

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