20 dead in Tajik prison riot: Reports

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Srinagar: Around 20 prisoners and two guards were killed in clashes at a prison in Tajikistan’s northern city of Khujand, two security said, reported AFP on Thursday.

One of the sources said that “around 20 prisoners” died in clashes that also claimed the lives of two guards. The second source confirmed the number of victims and said a further six guards had been injured.

The ex-Soviet country’s government has yet to confirm the prison riot or the deaths.