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29 inmates killed in Argentine prison fire

IANS
05 Nov 2007, 20 GMT+10

Buenos Aires, Nov 5 (Xinhua) At least 29 inmates of a prison in a northern Argentine province were killed and a large number injured when the barracks were set on fire, the province's justice minister said Monday.

Ricardo Daives, justice minister of the province Santiago del Estero, told local media that some prisoners who tried to escape started the fire and caused a riot Sunday evening.

Most of the deaths were caused by asphyxia.

He said the situation in the prison was under control, but the casualties might increase. The injured have been hospitalised.

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