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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

At Least 2 Killed in Jail Uprising

A revolt at a prison for minors swelled into a mass uprising that left at least two people dead and buildings gutted before guards and riot police restored control, officials said Wednesday.

The unrest started late Tuesday when a group of inmates tried to break through a fence at the prison in the Sverdlovsk region in the Ural Mountains.

Guards first fired a warning shot but then fired directly at prisoners after coming under attack, said Eduard Petrukhin, deputy director of the Federal Prison Service.

Two people were killed in the riots, Petrukhin said.

Gazeta.ru, however, reported that the riot left 30 people dead -- most of them due to a stampede when police stormed the facility -- and lasted around 17 hours, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday. The report cited a source familiar with the investigation.

Six prison officials and 12 inmates were injured in the riots, the source told Gazeta.ru.

Petrukhin said only one prisoner was killed and that a guard also died in the rampage. Thirteen people were injured, including six guards, he said.

Prisoners set several buildings on fire and broke windows, and eventually nearly half the prison's inmates, some 250 people, took part in the uprising, Petrukhin said.

Television images showed flames engulfing buildings in the middle of night and police in riot gear marching into the melee. The riot lasted about four hours and by Wednesday morning had been subdued, officials said.

Sverdlovsk Governor Eduard Rossel expressed gratitude to riot police, Channel One television reported. He said they prevented dangerous prisoners from escaping and going on a killing rampage.

Twenty prisoners slipped away in the melee, but they were all tracked down, television reports said.

Deputy Justice Minister Alexander Savenkov said the uprising had probably been planned in advance, since it occurred when women were guarding the compound, Interfax reported.

AP, MT