Police officers were conducting searches at Welikoda prison in Colombo. Fighting broke out when officers were attacked by inmates with rocks. Inmates pictured on prison roof with rifles during stand-off with police, who said they have arrested five escaped prisoners.
A shootout between security forces and prisoners at a jail in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo has left at least 27 people dead today.
It is believed the fighting began when police went to Welikoda prison to conduct a search and were attacked by inmates hurling stones.
It appears inmates managed to overpower their guards and seize their weapons before taking over part of the jail.