Riots erupt in Pakistani jail

ISLAMABAD, July 23 (Xinhua) — After hours-long negotiation between prisoners and officials on Thursday, 15 police personnel held hostage by prisoners at the western Pakistani Jail were released, local TV channel reported.

Inmates at the jail rioted inside the prison Thursday and held 15 police personnel hostage.

Black smoke rose to the sky from inside Mach jail in Quetta, the capital city of Baluchistan province, after the prisoners set fire on prison barracks, the private TV channel Express reported.

According to sources, the prisoners were protesting for their rights inside Mach prison. They held 15 police personnel hostage and burned down a barber shop and food provisions.

The jail administration resorted to tear gas shelling and aerial firing to bring the situation under control.

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