Sri Lanka prison riot death toll rises to 27: Minister
COLOMBO (AFP) - The number of people killed in Sri Lanka's worst prison riot in nearly three decades rose to 27, while another 43 escaped with injuries.
"Sixteen bodies are at the hospital and another 11 were found in the prison today," Minister Chandrasiri Gajadeera said in a special statement to the legislature. "I have appointed a three-member committee to investigate the incident."
The minister said rioting inmates had seized 82 guns, including automatic assault rifles, from a prison armoury they broke into, but the authorities were able to recover most of them.
"A search is on for five weapons which are still missing," the minister said.