At least 20 inmates were killed, eight seriously injured, and dozens fled during a prison riot in Farafagana (Atsimo-Atsinanana region) on Sunday, August 23. Prisoners staged a riot around midday (local time) on Sunday and the deaths occurred as security forces attempted to regain control after inmates split into two groups against guards. As of 16:00 authorities reported to have recaptured 29 inmates, with 31 still free. Increased security has been implemented in the area.
Individuals in Farafagana are advised to monitor developments on the situation and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.
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