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5 beheaded, 14 taken hostage in Brazil prison riot
Last Updated(Beijing Time):2005-06-15 10:19

Five inmates were beheaded and 14 prison guards held as hostages by the rebellious inmates Tuesday in a prison in southeastern Brazil, prison officials said.

The rebellious inmates at the Presidente Venceslau Penitentiaryof Sao Paulo demanded the presence of a judge and the departure ofthe military police from the prison, according to Danilo Bomfim, spokesman for the Prison Guards Union.

During the riot, a gang called "First Capital Commando" forced prison guards to surrender and invaded the zone where the victims were kept.

The five killed inmates would have been expelled members of thecriminal ring, who were kept by the authorities in a "safe" place.

"They were stabbed and beaten to death and then decapitated. Their heads have been placed next to each other on top of one of the prison walls for all to see," said Bomfim.

The riot started on Tuesday morning and continued until the afternoon.

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