At least a dozen inmates and guards were reportedly injured during riots at an overcrowded prison in Guinea’s capital on Monday.
The riots are said to have been sparked by the inmates’ dislike for the prison’s governor.
Hundreds of police were deployed around and inside Conakry Civil Prison, from where gunshots were heard for at least two hours, according to witnesses.
A government statement said that the situation was brought under control after timely and vigorous response from the security forces.
“Hundreds of prisoners mutinied on Monday against the prison governor, who is immensely disliked by the prison population,” a security source based in Conakry is reported to have said.