USA: 7 inmates dead during riot in S. Carolina max-security prison

Seven inmates were killed and another 17 were seriously injured during eight hours of riot in South Carolina's largest maximum-security prison on Sunday, according to corrections officials.

Officials at Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville said that the riot was probably caused by gang-related disputes over territory and contraband. A coroner said that it appears many died of stabbing and slashing wounds.

The incident is reportedly the deadliest in recent history. The prison has been host to several security breaches in the past, including a high-profile hostage situation in 2012.

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