At least 25 people were hurt in clashes between warders and prisoners in the south Egyptian city of Assiut on Monday after one prisoner died in solitary confinement, the government said. The death of the prisoner, named by the Interior Ministry as Ali Mohamed Mohamed Abdel Salam, led to uproar among the other prisoners, who took three officers hostage and seized their weapons, police sources told Reuters.
Riots continued inside the prison building for several hours. Police used tear gas and live ammunition to subdue the prisoners and were able to restore control, the sources added. The injured included 21 prisoners and four warders.