68 killed as fire hit Venezuelan police station

A fire at a police station in the Venezuelan City of Valencia, in Carabobo state, has left 68 people dead.

The blaze reportedly started after prisoners set fire to mattresses in an attempt to break out on Wednesday.

Police used tear gas to disperse relatives who surrounded the station after news of the fire broke.

State official Jesus Santander did confirm one police officer had been shot.

Rescuers reportedly broke through walls to try to free those trapped by the blaze.

Nearly all of those who died were inmates but at least two women who were visiting at the time were also killed, Saab said.

Some of the victims burned to death, others died of smoke asphyxiation.

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