Six armed inmates at a prison in Taiwan who took a warden and guard hostage reportedly killed themselves after a 14-hour stand-off.
The inmates broke into a weapon storage room in the Kaohsiung jail, stole four rifles and six handguns and took three staff members hostage at around 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The first hostages were released when the prison warden and another senior official agreed to take their place.
The inmates, who’d been convicted for various crimes including murder, drug offenses and burglary, were reportedly protesting against their sentences and what they believed were unfair trials. They were demanding to be released from the prison through a side door, according to Deputy Justice Minister Chen Ming-tang.
The leader of the six was identified as Cheng Li-teh, a senior member of a notorious triad group who’d been sentenced to 18 years in prison for murder. Cheng said it was “unfair” that former Taiwan leader Chen Shui-bian was given parole for medical treatment last month during his 20-year sentence for graft.
Chen told reporters that the inmates had released the hostages and shot themselves dead at around 5:00 a.m. this morning, although no evidence to support this statement has yet been released.
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