At least two prison officers were reportedly shot and several others injured after inmates set fire to Guyana’s main prison in the capital Georgetown Sunday.
The riot began Sunday afternoon at Camp Street prison.
According to local media reports inmates overpowered female guards and seized control of their weapons, stormed the prison officer’s recreation centre and set it alight.
Stabroek News reports that at least six prison officers have been hospitalized with gun and chop wounds and inmates have been evacuated from the facility.
A number of prisoners are reported to be hospitalized.
Images from the area showed large crowds gathered outside the barb-wired compound as thick smoke billowed from the burning buildings.
Virtually all of the wooden buildings that made up the Georgetown Prison were burnt to the ground, including the capital block and part of the administrative building, Demerara Waves reports.
Reports say at least one prisoner has escaped.
Prison Chief, Gladwin Samuels said he received a report of an escape and he was on his way to the maximum security jail.