Governor: Fire kills 13 in Turkish prison

By REUTERS
June 17, 2012 05:56

 
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ISTANBUL - Thirteen prisoners were killed in a fire that broke out in a jail in southeast Turkey overnight during a dispute among inmates, a local official said on Sunday.

The blaze, at a jail housing about 1,000 prisoners in Sanliurfa province, occurred after a row flared up among a group of 18 inmates in one dormitory on Saturday evening, provincial governor Celalettin Guvenc told reporters.

Some Turkish media reports said the prisoners had set fire to their bedding in a protest, but the governor denied there was any mutiny.

The remaining five inmates in the dormitory suffered injuries.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze after about 1.5 hours. Security personnel were also sent to the jail to restore order, media reports said.

Ibrahim Ayhan, a member of parliament from the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) was among the inmates at the prison, but was not believed to have been hurt, broadcaster NTV said.

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