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(Demerara Waves) Eighteen prisoners at the Lusignan Prison were Friday night injured while scaling a razor-wired fence within the penal facility in an apparent effort to kill an inmate who they suspected was an informant to prison officials, authorities said.

That prisoner was not killed, but the prisoners in Holding Bay 2 who scaled a fence and entered Holding Bay 1 were cut by the razor wire. “The targeted prisoner is unharmed and has been placed in main Lusignan Prison,” a government spokesman quoted Director of Prisons Gladwin Samuels as saying.

The spokesman added that shots were fired in the air by the prison authorities to restore order.

“No prisoner was injured by shots fired however a total of 18 prisoners were injured, mainly from razor wire.”

Authorities said five prisoners were sent to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation for treatment to serious but not life threatening injuries sustained from the razor wired atop the fence separating the holding areas.

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