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27 inmates killed in Sri Lanka prison riot

Colombo, Nov 10, 2012, (PTI) :
Sri Lankan soldiers stand guard near the three-wheel taxi allegedly used by inmates to escape from the Welika maximum prison in Colombo on November 10, 2012. Sri Lanka's military was called in to quell the worst prison riot in nearly three decades that left at least 16 people dead and 43 wounded, officials said. AFP PHOTO

A major riot at a prison in Sri Lanka's capital killed at least 27 inmates and injured 42 others, while police said today that they have arrested seven prisoners who had managed to escape.

The riot started after authorities launched a search for drugs within the prison, and the inmates turned against the operatives of the police's Special Task Force (STF).

Prisons Minister Chandrasiri Gajadeera in a statement said that a three-member probe committee would examine the events which led to the riot.


Over 50 people, including troops were injured in the clash.

The situation was brought under control today after the deployment of the Army's Commando troops, officials said.

Some seven inmates who had fled the jail during the riot have been apprehended, the police said.

A similar search operation in the same prison in 2010 also ended in a riot which seriously injured nearly 50 policemen.

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