2 killed in Philippines prison riot | 2017-11-05 | daily-sun.com

2 killed in Philippines prison riot

    5th November, 2017 12:01:36 printer

MANILA: A riot at an overcrowded prison in the Philippines that killed two inmates and injured at least 10 others has been attributed by officials to an overturned bucket of water, reports BBC.


Authorities in charge of the Quezon City jail outside Manila said the spill led to a fight between two gangs.


It soon escalated into a battle fought with rocks and chairs. The prison holds more than 3,400 inmates in a space built for 800 - a result of the country’s war on drugs. Officials say the violence began when members of one gang were rushing to carry a prisoner to the prison’s health clinic while he was suffering a seizure.


In their haste, they kicked over a bucket of water onto the sleeping members of a rival gang,


The ensuing riot resulted in the death of one of the prisoners caught up in the fighting and killed the man having the seizure. Quezon City jail is overcrowded largely because of President Rodrigo Duterte’s controversial anti-drugs campaign, which has led to thousands of people being killed.