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27 inmates killed, 42 people wounded in Sri Lanka prison shootout with security forces

Published November 10, 2012
Associated Press

  • Nov. 10, 2012: Police forensic officers examine a bullet-ridden three-wheeled vehicle used by inmates for their unsuccessful escape attempt, close to the entrance of a prison in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (AP)
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - A shootout between rioting prisoners and security forces at a prison in Sri Lanka's capital killed at least 27 inmates, while police said Saturday that they arrested five prisoners who had managed to escape and were searching for others.
Another 42 people were wounded in the clashes Friday between inmates and army and police commandos that broke out after the rioting prisoners broke into the armory and briefly took control of at least part of the Welikada prison in Colombo. The situation at the prison had returned to normal by Saturday morning.
"The prison is now totally under our control," said Sri Lanka's Commissioner General of Prisons P.W. Kodippili.

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