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Relatives of inmates react in front of Desembargador Raimundo Vidal Pessoa jail in the center of the Amazonian city of Manaus, Brazil. REUTERS/Michael Dantas

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SAO PAULO (Reuters) - At least 30 inmates were killed in a prison riot in Brazil's northeastern region that broke out late on Saturday, a person with direct knowledge of the situation said.

The person, who requested anonymity because forensic work is under way, said the number of casualties could rise slightly. About a dozen inmates in the Alcaçuz prison located in the state of Rio Grande do Norte have been taken to nearby hospitals, the person said.

(Reporting by Guillermo Parra-Bernal; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli)

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