Three killed, four injured in Congo jail mutiny

Friday December 30 2016

A map of a prison in Congo's capital

A map of a prison in Congo's capital Brazzaville. Three people died and four suffered bullet injuries after a riot broke our at the prison on December 29, 2016. GRAPHICS | GOOGLE MAPS 

By AFP
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BRAZZAVILLE

Three people died and four suffered bullet injuries Thursday during a short-lived mutiny at a jail in Congo's capital Brazzaville, the prosecutor said.

The unrest broke out in the afternoon at a prison near the city's court when a few prisoners got hold of guns belonging to the wardens, Andre Ngakala Oko said.

"They started shooting in all directions creating panic," he said, adding that the three dead included a "gendarme, a mutineer and a civilian killed by a fleeing mutineer.

"Four people were wounded: three mutineers and a civilian," he said.

Witnesses said the short-lived riot lasted around 30 minutes. The prosecutor said all the prisoners who had tried to flee had been apprehended and locked up in their cells.