Sixteen killed in Kazakh prison violence: Official

Sixteen prisoners have been killed in Kazakhstan during an extended shootout with security guards that ended with a powerful explosion.

Updated: Jul 12, 2011, 20:22 PM IST

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.

PTI