Prisons

Thirteen Killed at Sri Lanka Prison Clash

Violence sparked with police attempted search at prison

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At least 13 people have died in clashes between inmates and guards at Sri Lanka's Welikada prison in the capital Colombo, hospital officials say.

The violence was sparked when police commandos attempted to conduct a search at the prison.

There are reports of ongoing gunfire, and that inmates have seized weapons. The army has been called in and surrounding roads are closed.