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South Carolina prison riot leaves seven inmates dead

The deadly riot broke out at the Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina

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The fatal riot broke out on the Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina

Seven prisoners had been killed and a minimum of 17 others injured in a riot at a most safety prison in the United States state of South Carolina, officers say.

Violence erupted on the prison facility on Sunday night time and was once introduced beneath regulate within the early hours of Monday.

There had been “multiple altercations” at housing gadgets on the Lee Correctional Institution, the South Carolina Department of Corrections mentioned.

All prison guards and legislation enforcement team of workers had been mentioned to be secure.

“The incident at Lee [Correctional Institution] resulted in 17 inmates requiring outside medical attention and seven inmates were killed,” the South Carolina Department of Corrections tweeted on Monday.

Several inmates had been stabbed or slashed with do-it-yourself knives, whilst the remaining perceived to had been overwhelmed, Lee County Coroner Larry Logan informed the Associated Press.

The division mentioned that each one team of workers on the establishment in Bishopville had been later “accounted for” and that an investigation was once beneath approach.

Lee County hearth and rescue carrier additionally supplied help with the incident and tweeted photographs of the cars concerned within the reaction.

The Lee Correctional Institution, which was once opened in 1993 about 50 miles (80 km) east of the state capital Columbia, properties greater than 1,500 violent male offenders and inmates with behavioural problems.

In March, an officer at the prison was “overpowered” and held by inmates who took control of part of the building for greater than an hour.

Deadly prison riots are quite uncommon in the United States.

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