The Lee Correctional Institution, in Bishopville, South Carolina, remains on lockdown on April 16, 2018, after an overnight riot killed seven while also injuring seventeen other inmates. / AFP / Logan Cyrus
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Inmates armed with homemade knives fought each other for more than seven hours in a maximum-security prison in the United States, leaving seven of them dead, officials said.At least 17 prisoners were seriously injured as inmates fought uninterrupted before authorities regained control of Lee Correctional Institution about 3 a.m. Monday, South Carolina prisons spokesman Jeff Taillon said.The prisoner who saw the riot exchanged messages with AP on condition of anonymity because he is not allowed to have a cellphone and fears retribution from other inmates.He also didn't say what started the riot but said most of the inmates are affiliated with gangs and he saw several attackers taunt a rival gang member who was badly injured.The inmate who spoke to AP said that many cell door locks were already broken before the riot and that he and other prisoners roamed around freely.
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