Jordanian police: prison riot erupts in kingdom's largest jail

Jordanian police say a prison riot has erupted in the kingdom's largest jail, a day after three inmates in another jailhouse were killed in violence over the segregation of al-Qaida operatives from other prisoners. Police spokesman Maj. Mohammed al-Khatib says scores of prisoners convicted of murder and theft suffered from smoke inhalation and minor injuries during the Tuesday melee at the Swaqa Penitentiary. Al-Khatib says they set fire in their cellblocks in solidarity with rioting prisoners at another Jordanian jail. Swaqa is the largest among Jordan's 10 prisons, housing thousands of inmates. It is 100 kilometers south of Amman.