Swedish police said on Wednesday that the two guards held by prisoners in a prison near Eskilstuna have been released. The guards were not injured and the perpetrators were arrested.
The attack on prison wardens occurred outside Eskilstuna in southern Sweden. The action of the services with the participation of the on-site negotiator in the prison lasted over nine hours.
According to the Aftonbladet newspaper, prisoners armed with razor blades attached to toothbrushes, 30-year-old Isak D. and 24-year-old Haned Mahamed A., barricaded themselves in the guardhouse, threatening female and male guards.
The prisoners demanded a helicopter for them. Another wish for the release of one of the guards (when they decided that one of the two hostages could be released) was to provide 20 pieces of kebab pizza for other prisoners from their block. This request was granted.
Incidents in Swedish prisons
The Haellby Detention Center near Eskilstuna is a high security prison. It houses those convicted of the most serious crimes, and the staff is prepared to deal with risky situations.
In the same facility, a similar event occurred in 2004, when two prisoners took a guard hostage. After six hours of negotiation, the woman was released and the perpetrators surrendered.
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