Intermittent gunfire rang out Monday at a Sri Lankan excessive safety jail the place a riot by inmates over a surge of coronavirus infections left no less than eight lifeless and 55 wounded, police stated.
Hundreds of police surrounded the Mahara jail simply exterior the capital Colombo as jail guards sought to finish the unrest.
Inmates fought with guards on Sunday and into the night time after setting hearth to the kitchens and briefly took two warders hostage, residents and police stated.
“The two officers have been rescued and hospitalised,” police spokesman Ajith Rohana stated.
“The situation is under control.”
Six hundred officers, together with 200 police commandos, had been deployed across the perimeter, he added.
Prison authorities wouldn’t say nevertheless whether or not they had taken again the entire Mahara complicated.
The our bodies of eight inmates had been taken to the close by Ragama hospital, medical sources stated. Another 55 wounded prisoners, some in important situation, had been admitted on Sunday night time.
Inmates broke out of their cells to protest over a surge of coronavirus infections, officers stated.
Sri Lankan prisons have seen weeks of unrest because the variety of Covid-19 circumstances in jails exceeded 1,000 by Saturday. Two inmates have died of the illness.
Last week, a prisoner was killed when he fell whereas making an attempt to scale the partitions of a jail within the central Bogambara area throughout unrest.
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