Riot breaks out at Sri Lanka prison when inmates try to escape, 8 killed, 37 injured

At least eight inmates were killed and 37 others injured when a riot broke out at a prison on the outskirts of Colombo in Sri Lanka. The inmates at the Sri Lankan prison tried to force open a door and escape.

The inmates created “unrest” as they tried to escape. (Photo: Reuters)

At least eight inmates were killed and 37 others injured when a riot broke out at a prison on the outskirts of Colombo in Sri Lanka.

The riots broke out on Sunday at the Mahara prison located about 15 kilometers north of Colombo when some inmates tried to escape.

The prisoners at the Mahara prison tried to force open a door and escape. This prompted the authorities to use force, police said on Monday, according to news agency PTI report.

The inmates created “unrest” as they tried to escape and this forced the prison officials to take steps to control the situation.

“The incident was started by a set of remand prisoners when they tried to force open a door and escape following which the authorities had to use force,” police spokesman Ajith Rohana said.

Prisons authorities said the rioters had set fire to the kitchen and a record room of the prison.

Rohana said that at least 37 more inmates, including two jailors, were injured and all of them were transferred to the nearby Ragama hospital.

The rioting inmates tried to take jailors “hostage” but the authorities at the prison thwarted such attempt, officials said.

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