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At least 20 dead in Tajik prison riot: Sources
Dushanbe: Around 20 prisoners and two guards were killed in clashes at a maximum security prison in Tajikistan’s northern city of Khujand, two security sources said on Thursday.
The prison in Tajikistan’s second-largest city is home to prisoners serving long sentences for serious crimes including extremism and murder. One of the sources said that “around 20 prisoners” died in clashes that also claimed the lives of two guards.
The second source confirmed the number of victims and said a further six guards had been injured. The ex-Soviet country’s government has yet to confirm the prison riot or the deaths. “A riot involving dozens of prisoners occurred Wednesday night and continued into Thursday,” a source said. (AFP)