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Many injured in Sri Lanka prison riot in Colombo

At least 31 people have been injured in clashes between guards and rioting inmates at a prison in Colombo, Sri Lanka, say police.

Most of the injured are prisoners who were shot by guards. Police deny claims that three inmates were killed.

Prisoners say they want better food and conditions. Police said inmates were angry at moves to curb drug smuggling.

The head of Sri Lanka's prisons department admitted that the treatment of prisoners in the jail fell short of acceptable standards.

Lucy Hockings reports.

  • 24 Jan 2012
  • From the section Asia