Sri Lanka opposition wants probe into prison clash

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Associated Press

Posted on November 11, 2012 at 4:34 AM

Updated Sunday, Nov 11 at 4:37 AM

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's opposition has demanded a thorough investigation into Friday's prison shootout that killed 27 inmates.

Tissa Attanayake, a leader of United National Party said Sunday that clashes inside prisons have become frequent in Sri Lanka and their causes must be examined. The opposition says such incidents damage the country reputation internationally.

Twenty-seven prisoners were killed after a clash when police commandos tried to search the Welikada Prison facility in Colombo for narcotics. Officials said the clash erupted when prisoners attacked the search team and armed themselves by breaking into the armory.

At least two suspects died following another prison revolt in June. and human rights campaigners alleged they died after being beaten by guards.

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