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Originally posted by captaintyinknots
"Inmates started a fire and clashed with guards during a riot at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison.
The unrest began on Thursday, when three inmates started a fire in their cell "and tried to overpower guards in an apparent escape attempt",
Shots were fired, and US helicopters along with Iraqi troops were brought in to help defuse the situation. "
The Iraqi military and police were called, while US helicopters monitored areas outside the prison, Master Sgt Conner said.
The violence was said to have flared again on Friday, but the US military was not called out and the prison is now reported to be under the authorities' control.
Abu Ghraib prison inmates rioted for a second straight day Friday to demand better conditions, setting fire to mattresses and seizing an assault rifle from a guard before authorities said the situation was brought under control.