Forty-two dead in Tunisia jail riot: report

TUNIS Sat Jan 15, 2011 9:35am EST

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TUNIS (Reuters) - Forty-two inmates were killed in a prison riot in the Tunisian town of Monastir, the official TAP news agency quoted a hospital official as saying.

"Some prisoners tried to escape from the prison, which led to complete chaos," the agency quoted Ali Chedli as saying.

"Some were able to escape and the others set fire to mattresses in a wing housing more than 90 prisoners. Those who died suffered from burns or smoke inhalation."

(Reporting by Tarek Amara; Writing by Christian Lowe; editing by Tim Pearce)

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