South America

Jailbreak as inmates set prison on fire

Inmates set a prison compound in Georgetown, Guyana on fire. Picture: AFP/People’s Progressive Party Civic

ONE prison officer has been killed and seven others injured during a jailbreak in South America’s Guyana that saw inmates set fire to the facility and four prisoners escape, authorities said.

Chaos broke out at the colonial-era maximum security prison in the capital city of Georgetown after inmates obtained firearms and took control of the facility, with police and fire officials initially unable to enter the compound.

Prisoners set the facility ablaze in an effort to distract guards, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan told journalists, calling the escapees “very serious criminals.”

Eight police officers were injured, one of whom died during treatment for a gunshot injury …

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