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Pakistan Judges 'Held Hostage'

Rioting prisoners in a Pakistan jail are reported to have taken several visiting judges hostage. Five prisoners are holding at least five judges who were inspecting the prison and two prison officials, police said. Three other hostages were freed to convey the prisoners’ demands. The prisoners are also holding around 50 other inmates, according to the AP news agency. The jail is in the city of Sialkot in Punjab province. Deputy Inspector General of Police Malik Iqbal told the BBC that the five prisoners had opened fire on a team of judges who were on an inspection tour of the district jail. The judges, thought to be district-level judicial officers rather than high court judges, escaped injury but were taken hostage. Police are reported to have surrounded the jail and negotiations are under way. The prisoners were asking for more arms and ammunition. Possession of arms by prisoners has become increasingly common in Pakistani jails. Full Story

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