Hostage situation at high-security prison in France ends


An inmate at the jail at Conde-sur-Sarthe in north-west France who had taken two guards hostage and injured one of them, surrendered after negotiations with authorities,  the justice minister said.

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An inmate at the high-security Conde-sur-Sarthe jail in northwestern France surrendered after taking two guards hostage on Tuesday, the justice minister said, reports Deutsche Welle.

"The hostage-taking is over. The inmate surrendered," French justice minister Éric Dupond-Moretti said on Twitter. 

The incident began at 10:15 a.m. local time (1215 UTC), when an inmate attacked two guards, the Justice Ministry said in a statement.

At least one officer was injured in the eye, the ministry said.

Authorities mobilized security units at the jail and dispatched extra forces to the facility, about 250 km (155 miles) west of Paris.

French broadcaster BFMTV had reported that the two officers held were a man and a woman. The female guard was freed after several hours, according to BFMTV. 

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