Sri Lankan officials say at least one inmate has been killed and three others injured when inmates clashed with guards at a prison on the outskirts of the capital
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — At least one inmate was killed and three others injured Sunday when inmates clashed with guards at a prison on the outskirts of Sri Lanka’s capital, officials said.
Police spokesman Ajith Rohana said inmates created “unrest” at Mahara prison, about 15 kilometers (10 miles) north of Colombo, and prison officials took steps to control the situation.
In the ensuing commotion, one inmate died and three others were hospitalized, he said, adding that additional police teams were deployed to help the prison guards.
He said police will launch an investigation into the incident.
More than a thousand inmates in five prisons have tested positive for the coronavirus and at least two have died. About 50 prison guards have also tested positive.
Sri Lankan prisons are highly congested with more than 26,000 inmates crowded into facilities with a capacity of 10,000.
Sri Lanka has experienced an upsurge in the disease since last month when two clusters — one centered at a garment factory and other at a fish market — emerged in Colombo and its suburbs.
Confirmed cases from the two clusters have reached 19,449. Sri Lanka has reported a total number of 22,988 coronavirus cases, including 109 fatalities.