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Argentinian prison riot leaves 8 dead

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Police in Argentina say they have retaken control of a prison, after a violent siege that left eight people dead and led to a tense 24-hour stand-off.

Prisoners at the jail in Cordoba, Argentina’s second-biggest city, turned violent during family visiting hours on Thursday afternoon to demand an end to overcrowding and other changes.

Television reports say the prisoners took roughly 70 hostages during an overnight stand-off with security forces.

Half of the hostages were family members and the rest were prison officials.

During the standoff dramatic scenes were broadcast on live television.

Security secretary for the province of Cordoba Horaldo Senn said five prisoners and three guards were killed.

Police said at least 30 people were injured.

“There will be no reprisals as long as the inmates continue to lay down their weapons and hand over all the hostages,” Mr Senn said.

The Cordoba city governor, Luis Juez, said the facility was old and falling apart and that prisoners lived in “sub-human” conditions.

There have been 263 prison riots in Argentina since 1986 but they have become less frequent since 2000, a private study says.

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