COVID-19 fears spark Thailand prison riot

COVID-19 fears spark Thailand prison riot

Channel NewsAsia - Asia·2020-03-29 19:40

Some convicts escaped from the Buriram prison in northeastern Thailand during a riot sparked by fears over the coronavirus. (Photo: AFP/Handout)

BANGKOK: Dozens of prisoners broke furniture and smashed windows during a riot in a Thai jail on Sunday sparked by fears of a COVID-19 outbreak in the facility.

During the violence some convicts escaped from the Buriram prison where 2,000 inmates are held, the justice ministry said. Seven have been arrested.

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