'Dozen dead ' following Colombo jail clash
on 09/11/2012 18:03:40
Dr Prasad Kariyawasam of Colombo National Hospital said he could not immediately comment on the condition of the wounded.
Police spokesman Prishantha Jayakody said the fighting began when police commandos went to Welikoda prison to conduct a search and were attacked by inmates hurling stones.
An Associated Press photographer outside the building saw prisoners waving rifles on top of the roof.
Some other prisoners piled into a three-wheeled vehicle and began driving toward a main city road before security forces outside the prison opened fire. The vehicle stopped and three unmoving bodies could be seen.
Dozens of security officers then entered the prison and volleys of gunfire rang out.
Prisoners could be heard screaming: "Stop shooting!"