Alamty: Sixteen prisoners have been
killed in the Central Asian republic of Kazakhstan during an
extended shootout with security guards that ended with a
powerful explosion, officials said.
The prisoners died in the explosion, which occurred in
the southeastern town of Balkhash, the Kazakh justice
ministry`s corrections system spokesman Sultan Kusetov said.
"We fulfilled our main objective. Those who tried to
flee (the jail) were unable to leave," he said.