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Police officers investigate a damaged three-wheeler after a clash between the Special Task Force (STF) and prisoners at Welikada prison in Colombo November 10, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

Police officers investigate a damaged three-wheeler after a clash between the Special Task Force (STF) and prisoners at Welikada prison in Colombo November 10, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

Police officers investigate a damaged three-wheeler after a clash between the Special Task Force (STF) and prisoners at Welikada prison in Colombo November 10, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer
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A police officer removes crime scene barrier tape after carrying out an investigation of the premises following a clash between the Special Task Force (STF) and prisoners at Welikada prison in Colombo November 10, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

A police officer removes crime scene barrier tape after carrying out an investigation of the premises following a clash between the Special Task Force (STF) and prisoners at Welikada prison in Colombo November 10, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

A police officer removes crime scene barrier tape after carrying out an investigation of the premises following a clash between the Special Task Force (STF) and prisoners at Welikada prison in Colombo November 10, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer
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Army soldiers leave Welikada prison after clash between the Special Task Force (STF) and prisoners in Colombo November 10, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

Army soldiers leave Welikada prison after clash between the Special Task Force (STF) and prisoners in Colombo November 10, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

Army soldiers leave Welikada prison after clash between the Special Task Force (STF) and prisoners in Colombo November 10, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer
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Police officers are seen through a damaged three-wheeler, which they are guarding, after clashes between the Special Task Force (STF) and prisoners at Welikada prison in Colombo November 10, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

Police officers are seen through a damaged three-wheeler, which they are guarding, after clashes between the Special Task Force (STF) and prisoners at Welikada prison in Colombo November 10, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

Police officers are seen through a damaged three-wheeler, which they are guarding, after clashes between the Special Task Force (STF) and prisoners at Welikada prison in Colombo November 10, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer
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