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Somalia jail riot kills 19 inmates, guards

A riot at a prison in the Somalian capital Mogadishu has killed 15 inmates and four guards after one prisoner seized an officer's gun, police say.

Aug 12th 2020 ยท 1 min read

A Somali police officer says at least 19 people have been killed during a riot in the central prison in Somalia's capital Mogadishu.

Abdiqani Mohamed Qalaf, spokesman for the police force in charge of prisons, told reporters the dead included 15 inmates and four guards.

He said the situation was back to normal after Monday evening's riot, but he gave no details.

General Mahad Abdirahman, commander of the custodial corps, told reporters that the violence started when an inmate grabbed an officer's gun and went on a shooting spree.

In the chaos, other inmates, including some sentenced on terrorism charges, recovered guns from fallen guards.

The prison holds some members of the al-Qaeda-linked extremist group al-Shabab.

It was the first such riot at the prison in recent memory.

last updated: 2020-08-12@05:08