Gangsters in Guatemala make crew signs while in handcuffs as they are shaken ...

Defiant gangsters in Guatemala make crew signs while in handcuffs as they are shaken down by prison guards after four were taken hostage during stand-off in hell hole jail Members of the Mara 18 gang kidnapped 4 guards at a Guatemala City prison on Thursday evening    One was released Thursday but three others were set free the next day after hours of negotiations  Comes just days after 10 guards were taken hostage at another notorious prison in Guatemala   Spate of hostage-taking comes in response to a prison system move to relocate the leaders of the deadly gang to other facilities with no telephone access  Gang members collected extortion money from shopkeepers and taxi drivers, among others, while locked up

By Ryan Fahey For Mailonline

Published: 11:50 BST, 5 September 2020 | Updated: 11:53 BST, 5 September 2020

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Guatemalan gang members yesterday released three prison guards who had been taken hostage in a jail in the capital, the government said. 

Images released yesterday show the defiant Mara 18 gang members, some making gang signs, being handcuffed during an inspection after the hostage situation at the Centro Preventivo de Hombres (CPH) prison in Guatemala City.  

Prison system spokesman Carlos Morales told local media that four guards from the prison were detained by gang members from Mara 18, who have a wing in the jail. 

'In sector 11 of the centre, prisoners detained four guards and our agents [...] began a dialogue to rescue those detained,' he said.

A member of Mara 18 gang gestures during an inspection at Centro Preventivo de Hombres prison, after the release of three guards of the penitentiary system (SP) in Guatemala City yesterday

A member of Mara 18 gang gestures during an inspection at Centro Preventivo de Hombres prison, after the release of three guards of the penitentiary system (SP) in Guatemala City yesterday

A Mara 18 gangster makes a gang sign during an inspection in a Guatemala City prison yesterday

A Mara 18 gangster makes a gang sign during an inspection in a Guatemala City prison yesterday 

A member of 'Mara 18' gang makes a crew sign during an inspection at a Guatemala City prison after three prison guards were released by prisoners yesterday

A member of 'Mara 18' gang makes a crew sign during an inspection at a Guatemala City prison after three prison guards were

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