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Four die in Mali prison riot

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Four prisoners have died after a mutiny which saw inmates break out of their cells and attack prison guards, in Mali’s capital Bamako. 

The government spokesman, Yaya Sangare in a statement on Saturday, said the violence occurred on Friday while anti-government protesters were demonstrating in Bamako.

A mutiny occurred at the Bamako Central Remand Prison. Some overexcited inmates managed to break down the doors of their cells and assaulted prison guards, Sangare added.

According to the statement, Four prisoners died and eight more people were wounded, including one prison guard.

The government said the prison had been secured, that no inmates had escaped, and that it had launched an investigation.

As prisoners rioted on Friday, tens of thousands of people rallied in Bamako to demand that President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita step down.

Keita is under pressure to solve several crises afflicting Mali, including a flailing economy and chronic insecurity.

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