10 Aug 2009

'Forty injured' in US prison riot

3:48 pm on 10 August 2009

Some 40 prisoners have been taken to hospital following a riot and fire at a jail in California.

The Los Angeles Times newspaper reported that the riot broke out on Saturday in a housing unit at the California Institute for Men in the town of Chino, east of Los Angeles. It began at about 8.20pm local time (0320 GMT).

A prison spokesman told KTLA-TV that the situation was brought under control on Sunday morning. No prison officers were hurt.

He said some of the prisoners' injuries were considered life threatening.