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One freed, 121 held in Brazil prison hostage standoff

Published on May 19, 2014 12:20 AM

BRASïLIA (AFP) - Negotiators persuaded inmates holding hostages seized during a prison riot in Brazil to free a guard on Sunday, but were still working to free three more guards and 118 prisoners' relatives.

A prison spokeswoman called the guard's release a sign of progress a day after inmates seized 122 people in a riot at the maximum-security Advogado Jacinto Filho prison in Aracaju, the capital of the northeast Sergipe state.

"We're moving forward. They've freed one guard. Three remain, along with the 118 family members," Sandra Melo, a spokeswoman for the prison, told AFP.

"Negotiations are also continuing on the relatives' release. We hope this will be resolved today," she said.

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