Scores die in Tunisia prison fire

Published January 15th, 2011 - 02:23 GMT
Tunisia riots
Tunisia riots

The chaos is continuing in Tunisia. It is reported that dozens of prisoners were killed in a mass breakout and a fire at two prisons in the country. The fire at Monastir prison in eastern Tunisia killed at least 42 inmates, a hospital doctor said. According to Dr Ali Chatli, head of the forensic medicine department at Fatouma Bourguiba hospital at Monastir, the fire was caused by an inmate who set fire to a mattress in a dormitory housing nearly 90 people in an attempt to escape, sparking panic. 

The victims died of severe burns and asphyxiation, he said. 

Chatli said prisoners also panicked because they heard shots fired outside the jail. 

Elsewhere, army roadblocks have stopped access to Bourguiba Avenue, capital city Tunis' main In city suburbsas people lined the streets with metal bars and knives to ward off looters.



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