Two guards taken hostage at French jail

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Two prison guards have been taken hostage at a jail in north-western France, and one of the guards has been injured in the right eye, France’s justice ministry said in a statement.

The ministry said negotiations were underway to try to secure the release of the hostages at the jail in Conde-sur-Sarthe, about 250 kilometer (155 miles) west of Paris.

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Security units at the jail had been mobilized, and extra forces had been despatched to the prison, the ministry’s statement said.

French broadcaster BFMTV reported that the suspected hostage-taker was serving a long sentence for rape and murder.

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