Armed inmates kill two prison guards

2013-06-02 14:18
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Niamey - Inmates in Niamey's main prison killed two guards on Saturday, officials said, a week after twin suicide bombings claimed 20 lives in the West African country.

Three inmates charged with terrorist offences tried to had break out of the prison, prosecutor Ibrahim Wazir Moussa said on state television.

"They attacked the guards; the guards fought back," he added.

Two of the guards had been killed and another three wounded, one of them seriously, he said.

Justice Minister Marou Amadou, who also acts as government spokesperson, told AFP the three inmates had been overpowered.

A resident in the district reported shooting from the prison from early afternoon. "Everyone has locked themselves in," he said

Another said: "It's panic everywhere. We were very frightened."

Saturday's attack came a week after twin suicide bombings on 23 May, the first such attacks in Niger's history.

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