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5 months ago | World | 0 comments

By Xai Reyes

At least six people have been killed and 52 injured after a prison riot in Sri Lanka which saw guards clash with inmates.

The inmates had launched protests amid a surge of coronavirus infections in the prisons, demanding early release on bail and better facilities.

According to Police spokesman Ajith Rohana guards had “used force to control an unruly situation” in the Mahara prison.

Around 1,000 cases have been reported from the country’s overcrowded prisons.

Media reports say prison guards had opened fire to contain the riot.

Local news reports quoted residents who said they had seen a “massive fire” on the premises.

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