Ten killed in prison gunfight with Sri Lankan police

COLOMBO Fri Nov 9, 2012 12:04pm EST

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COLOMBO (Reuters) - Ten people were killed in a gunfight in a Sri Lankan's biggest jail on Friday that started when police conducting a routine search came under fire from inmates, officials and police said.

The clashes were still going on early on Saturday and witnesses said they saw police shooting towards the prison where armed inmates were on the roof. Hospital officials in Colombo who gave the death toll were not able to say if the victims were police or prisoners.

(Reporting by Ranga Sirilal; Writing by Robin Pomeroy)

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