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Sri Lankan guards open fire on rioting prisoners

[TOI, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 09:04 No Comment]

Prison guards opened fire on rioting inmates at Sri Lanka’s main remand prison in the capital Colombo on Tuesday, wounding nearly 20 inmates, officials said.

Inmates clashed with administrative staff of the Magazine prison prompting guards to open fire, a police official at the scene said.

"So far 19 inmates have been brought out with injuries and taken to hospital," the police official said. "There could be more injured."

The inmates, who were protesting over poor quality of food and overcrowding, also set fire to some buildings.

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