Counter-terrorism police are investigating an attack by two inmates at a maximum-security jail that resulted in five prison officers being taken to hospital.
The two prisoners involved at the incident at HMP Whitemoor near March in Cambridgeshire were wearing fake suicide vests and brandishing improvised bladed weapons, according to reports.
One of the alleged perpetrators of the incident, which took place on Thursday morning as cells were unlocked, is serving a sentence for a terrorism offence while the other had been jailed for a violent offence, the BBC reported.
One officer, thought to be the initial target, was stabbed and slashed, the others had rushed to help. The officers’ injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
The Metropolitan police said their counter-terrorism command unit had been called in to the maximum security prison “due to certain circumstances relating to this incident”.
No arrests had been made so far, the force said.
A Prison Service spokesman said the incident was “quickly resolved by brave staff – and our thoughts are with the injured officers at this time”. He did not state the nature of the officers’ injuries.
The statement added: “We do not tolerate assaults on our hard-working officers and will push for the strongest possible punishment.
“We have referred the incident to the police and it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”
HMP Whitemoor is a 458-capacity maximum security prison housing more than 400 Category A and B prisoners on three wings, including a number of the highest-risk inmates.
SOURCE: The Guardian