Photo from the Daily Mirror
There is a crazy riot going on at Welikade prison. It sounded like the STF (
Army/Police collabo unit paramilitary police) went in to search, which the prisoners weren’t happy about, and they’ve rioted. It seems like they might have had guns and reportedly got into the prison armoury (?) and things have gotten really bad. There are dead bodies in the road and journalists are being hit, not to mention prisoners and police. Welikade is actually in the middle of a fairly populated part of town, so this is pretty bad.
The Mirror has good coverage, check it out. They break the page up funny, though. These are the latest updates, which you only get on the front page:
21.00 – The Chief jailor of the prison and several STF personnel were reportedly trapped inside the prison
21.00 -The number of injured rise up to 35 and six in critical condition
20.47 – Due to the heavy rain the planned operation to break into the prison has been suspended
20.25 – More than eight bodies were brought to the General Hospital
20.25 – Heavily armed additional troops have been placed on the walls surrounding the prison. Ambulances have been parked outside the premises and the armed forces are believed to be planning to break into the prison (Daily Mirror)
Really shocking, the sheer amount of life and blood, and this siege is still going on.