Earlier in the day, prison riots were reported in prisons of the country's major cities of Guayaquil, Cuenca, as well as Latacunga. There were several cases of prison guards taken hostage but they were all released.
"Following the events that took place today at the social rehabilitation centers of Guayas, Azuay and Cotopaxi [the Ecuadorean police] took the situation under control. As of now, forensic experts report over 50 dead inmates," the police said on Twitter.
According to the law enforcement, the riots were caused by clashes between prison gangs.