South Carolina Prison Riot Leaves Seven Inmates Dead

(From BBC News)

Seven prisoners have been killed and at least 17 others injured in a riot at a maximum security prison in the US state of South Carolina, officials say.

Violence erupted at the prison facility on Sunday evening and was brought under control in the early hours of Monday.

“This was all about territory, this was about contraband,” the South Carolina Department of Corrections said.

The deaths were the result of stabbings. All prison guards and law enforcement staff were said to be safe.

“These folks are fighting over real money and real territory while they are incarcerated,” said Bryan Stirling, director of the South Carolina Department of Corrections.

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