Fire breaks out during prison riot as lags climb onto roof and grenades launched

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Inmates climbed onto a prison’s roof during a riot as a fire broke out – with smoke grenades launched.

Up to 14 lags were pictured on top of Parklea Correctional Centre in Sydney, Australia, as a police helicopter flew overhead.

Special operations officers were called in to bring the situation under control, as thick smoke billowed from the complex.

An incident response team used smoke grenades to quell the rioters, 7News reports.

Other inmates were seen lying with their hands on their heads in a prison courtyard.

MTC-Broadspectrum, the prison’s private operator, confirmed that 14 inmates got onto the roof of an accommodation wing around 2pm on Monday, July 12.

“Parklea’s immediate response team officers and the security operation group are managing the situation to safely bring the inmates down from the roof,” a spokeswoman said.

The prison is a privately-run maximum and minimum-security centre.

In May, seven inmates were massacred and 13 security guards were taken hostage in a gruesome prison riot in Guatemala, local media reported.

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Four of the victims were beheaded during the deadly riot at the Xela prison in the municipality of Cantel.

One reporter at the scene claimed there were streams of blood in the road outside the entrance to the jail.

The riot unfolded between rival gangs in the detention centre, and was sparked after a prisoner's partner outside was murdered in a targeted killing, it is claimed.

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The mutiny occurred in one of the jail's courtyards, where 2,253 inmates live.

The prison is known for its overcrowded conditions.

EUXela reported that the Guatemalan Army arrived at the vicinity as it was "not been possible to take full control".

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Several vehicles carrying reinforcements were brought in shortly after the mutiny broke out.

Authorities said they would launch an investigation into the horrifying violence.

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