Prisoners revolt in Turkish quake city's jail

By REUTERS
October 25, 2011 18:46

VAN, Turkey - Gunshots were heard as prisoners set fire to a jail and fought with guards in Turkey's quake-hit city of Van on Tuesday, two days after a jailbreak when 200 were reported to have escaped in the chaos after a major earthquake.

A soldier said prisoners had attacked guards with scissors and knives. A municipal official, who declined to be named, said inmates had set fire to the jail.

Reuters journalists saw flames lap the building, while white smoke billowed into the night sky, before half a dozen shots were heard.


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