Ottawa Citizen - - WORLD -

COLUMBIA, S.C. In­mates armed with home­made knives fought each other for more than seven hours over ter­ri­tory and money, leav­ing seven of them dead in the worst U.S. prison riot in a quar­ter-cen­tury, of­fi­cials said Mon­day. A prisoner who wit­nessed the vi­o­lence said bodies were “lit­er­ally stacked on top of each other.”

At least 17 pris­on­ers were se­ri­ously in­jured at Lee Cor­rec­tional In­sti­tu­tion, said South Carolina pris­ons chief Bryan Stir­ling, pic­tured. The first fight started about 7:15 p.m. Sun­day be­fore fight­ing broke out in two other dorms, Stir­ling said.

Cell­phones helped stir up the trouble, and of­fi­cials urged for a change to laws to al­low them to block sig­nals so that pris­on­ers can’t use cell­phones.

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