Riot kills dozens in Tajik prison

At least 24 inmates die in clashes at the prison in Vakhda east of the capital Dushanbe. REUTERS

TAJIKISTAN – The justice ministry said at least 29 inmates and three guards were killed during a riot at a high-security prison in this country.

In a statement, a group of Islamic State (IS) members killed the guards before they released fellow IS convicts and turned on other prisoners.

Guards opened fire leaving 24 more prisoners dead.

The facility held people convicted of religious extremism and was home to 1,500 prisoners located in the city of Vakhdat east of the capital Dushanbe.

It’s the second deadly prison riot to hit Tajikistan in the last six months. (BBC)

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