At least eight people were killed and nearly 50 injured during a riot in a Colombo prison following a protest by the inmates calling for security measures in the wake of Covid-19 outbreaks inside jails, authorities reported on Monday.

The riots, which began on Sunday afternoon in the Mahara prison in the Sri Lankan capital, turned violent during the night when the prisoners set fire to the premises, police spokesperson Ajith Rohana told the media. EFE-EPA