Zimbabwean police shot prisoners, death toll at five: VP

March 19, 2015 10:51 AM

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HARARE (Reuters) - Five Zimbabwean inmates died after being shot by police in last week's prison protest over food shortages, which turned violent as some prisoners attempted to break out of jail, vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa said.

Prison authorities last week denied that prisoners had been shot, saying one person died after being stampeded during the protest and investigations were being carried out on the cause of death of two more who were taken to hospital.

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