Rioting prisoners fire weapons and cheer from a roof during
clashes with Sri Lanka's Special Task Force at Welikada
prison in Colombo. REUTERS/Stringer
Ten people have been killed in a gunfight in a Sri
Lankan's biggest jail that started when police conducting a
routine search came under fire from inmates, officials and
The clashes were still going on early this morning and
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.