Seven killed in prison riot

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD - BY MEG KINNARD

In­mates armed with home­made knives fought each other for more than seven hours in­side a max­i­mum-se­cu­rity prison, leav­ing seven of them dead, of­fi­cials said. An in­mate who wit­nessed the riot told The As­so­ci­ated Press that bod­ies were “lit­er­ally stacked on top of each other.”

At least 17 pris­on­ers were se­ri­ously in­jured as in­mates fought un­in­ter­rupted be­fore au­thor­i­ties re­gained con­trol of Lee Cor­rec­tional In­sti­tu­tion about 3 a.m. Mon­day, South Carolina pris­ons spokesman Jeff Tail­lon said.

Of­fi­cials didn’t im­me­di­ately say what sparked the vi­o­lence at the prison that houses some of the state’s worst and longest­serv­ing of­fend­ers. No prison guards were hurt.

The pris­oner who saw the riot ex­changed mes­sages with AP on the con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause he is not al­lowed to have a cell­phone and fears ret­ri­bu­tion from other in­mates.

He also didn’t say what started the riot but said most of the in­mates are af­fil­i­ated with gangs and he saw sev­eral at­tack­ers taunt a ri­val gang mem­ber who was badly in­jured.

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