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7 inmates dead, 17 injured in South Carolina prison fighting

AP  |  Columbia 

Seven inmates have been killed and at least 17 others seriously injured amid fighting between prisoners inside a maximum security prison in

announced the grim outcome after agents helped secure around 3 AM today.

Taillon said no officers were wounded after multiple inmate fights broke out at 7:15 PM Sunday. He said 17 of the injured required medical attention outside the prison.

The Department of Corrections tweeted that it involved multiple inmate-on-inmate altercations in three housing units.

Lee County Fire/Rescue said ambulances from multiple jurisdictions lined up outside to tend to the wounded. The local coroner's office also responded.

The maximum-security facility in houses about 1,500 inmates, some of South Carolina's most violent and longest-serving offenders. Two officers were stabbed in a 2015 fight. One inmate killed another in February.

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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 17:15 IST
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