At least 44 people are dead after a prison riot in northern Mexico early Sunday morning.
The riot broke out around 2 a.m. in a high-security section of the prison outside of Monterrey, Mex., Nuevo Leon state public security spokesman Jorge Domene Zambrano told the New York Daily News.
The fight occurred between two cell blocks, each with about 750 inmates. One of the cell blocks took a guard hostage, Domene said.
According to the Associated Press, 44 people died before the state police regained control about two hours later.
Family members of the prisoners gathered outside the prison Sunday, trying to get information on the victims, the New York Daily News reported.