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Dozens killed in prison gunfight with Sri Lankan police

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Rioting prisoners fire weapons and cheer from a roof during clashes with Sri Lanka's Special Task Force at Welikada prison in Colombo, Nov. 9, 2012.

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Prison officers carry an injured colleague during clashes at Welikada prison in Colombo, Nov. 9.

Reuters reports — Ten people were killed in a gunfight at Sri Lanka's biggest jail on Friday that started when police conducting a routine search came under fire from inmates, officials and police said.

Witnesses said they saw police shooting towards the prison where armed inmates were on the roof. Hospital officials in Colombo who gave the death toll were not able to say if the victims were police or prisoners.

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Sri Lankan inmates shout from a roof of a prison as guards carry an injured colleague, foreground, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Nov. 9.

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Soldiers arrive outside a prison in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Nov 9.