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Stony Mountain prison in lockdown after inmate fight erupts

04/14/2014 06:05 EDT | Updated 06/14/2014 05:59 EDT
Stony Mountain Institution, a prison north of Winnipeg, is in lockdown after a fight erupted between inmates from two street gangs on Monday afternoon.

The Union of Canadian Correctional Officers confirmed to CBC News that the incident happened at about 2 p.m. CT, with two separate fights breaking out in a hallway and in a living area.

Seven inmates have been taken to hospital to date, with five suffering stab wounds and two suffering blunt-force trauma, said union spokesperson James Bloomfield.

There is no word on the conditions of the injured inmates.

RCMP would only confirm that officers were called to the prison at 1:56 p.m. and were still at the scene as of 5 p.m.

Bloomfield said given the fights happened in separate areas, the union believes the attacks may have been planned. He said the drug trade may have fuelled the incident.

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