According to a BBC News report, sustained gunfire could be heard coming from Qilinto prison, on the outskirts of the capital Addis Ababa, after the fire broke out, local media reported.
The government confirms “some” deaths, while local media report that at least 20 people had died in the incident.
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SOURCES: BBC NEWS ONLINE