Prisoners riot – seize weapons at detention centre

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A detention centre in South Sudan is on lockdown after prisoners rioted and seized weapons.

According to a report by Reuters, a security source and local residents say that the prisoners rioted at the detention centre in Juba, the capital of the country, early on Sunday morning.

Reuters reports a source as saying that “prisoners have taken over the facility from inside through the help of some officers”.

The South Sudan government is yet to confirm whether a peaceful resolution has been reached or not.

The prisoners were reportedly in touch with Voice of America by telephone, demanding the release of political prisoners.

However, presidential spokesperson, Ateny Wek Ateny, told local broadcaster Radio Tamazuj on October 1 that all detainees have already been released, under the terms of a separate agreement.

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