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Police Storm Yugoslavian Prison

December 2, 2000

NIS, Yugoslavia (AP) _ Police firing rubber bullets stormed and seized a Yugoslav prison Friday where rioting inmates had taken control from striking guards earlier in the week.

Some 150 special police stormed the prison in Nis, 112 miles south of Belgrade, taking over from inmates who had gained control of the prison’s interior, leaving the guards manning the walls and outer perimeter, Justice Minister Dragan Subasic said.

The police met with resistance from inmates with knives and clubs, but no one was injured in the raid which lasted two hours, according to prison sources who spoke on condition of anonymity. The prisoners surrendered.

Prison management declined to comment on the raid.

Fearing for their safety, guards had refused to enter the cell blocks where clashes erupted among some 1,000 inmates on Monday. Two inmates were hospitalized and 90 prisoners were reportedly injured in the fighting.

Prisoners said the violence was to punish informers who had cooperated with the security police during riots in early November.

According to the prison sources, the 270 Kosovo Albanians imprisoned in Nis and housed in a separate security block within the compound remained unharmed in the police action.

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