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Afghanistan: Prison riot kills 4 inmates, 33 injured including police

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ANI Kabul, Afghanistan May 15, 2019, 12.36 PM (IST)

Four inmates lost their lives while 33 others, including 20 police officers, were injured after riots broke out at the Pul-e-Charkhi prison in Kabul on Tuesday (local time).

The clash began after the police started searching some cells at the prison, according to Afghanistan`s Ministry of Interior Affairs.

"Attorney General Office and Ministry of Interior Affairs had ordered a search of Special Narcotics Blocks of Pul-e-Charkhi Prison. Four buildings were searched in the morning. But later violence broke out at midday during the search of remaining buildings after a group of prisoners attacked police, injuring 10 police officers," Nasrat Rahimi, a spokesman from the ministry, told Xinhua.

The police personnel fired in the air during the face-off, which saw the inmates trying to grab the police forces` weapons. The situation was later brought under control.

Investigations have been launched into the incident.