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Two dead in Thai prison riot

Two dead in Thai prison riot

Tuesday 22 February 2011, 03:27AM

Two prisoners were shot dead and up to 40 injured after the discovery of an apparent escape attempt from the maximum security wing of a Thai jail sparked a riot, an official said on February 17.

Around 50 inmates armed with knives, rocks and bottles attacked guards at the prison in Ratchaburi Province, west of Bangkok, after authorities discovered cuts to a security fence, the jail commander said.

"At first we couldn't control the situation because we didn't have enough manpower, but later we got support from the police," Surachai Phumkaew said.

"We tried to negotiate with them but five to 10 prisoners refused to lay down their arms, so we had to use a last resort to control the situation."

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Authorities opened fire on the group, leaving two dead, while Surachai said up to 40 inmates had also suffered minor injuries in the riot.

In November, about 200 prisoners were involved in a rebellion at a jail in Lopburi, north of Bangkok, after officials confiscated four mobile phones thrown inside the facility by relatives of some of the 2,200 inmates.

One prisoner died after police and army commandos entered the jail to put down the riot when negotiations failed to end the standoff.


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