Five guards in hospital after attack by inmate at Merksplas prison
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Five guards in hospital after attack by inmate at Merksplas prison

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Five correctional officers were injured in what is being described as a “serious incident” involving an inmate at Merkplas prison, a correctional facility in the province of Antwerp.

The incident occurred in the psychiatric ward of the prison, a spokesperson for the facility told HLN.

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The five guards were transferred to a hospital emergency room.

The incident occurred when a patient struggling with serious psychological problems became angry after an appointment was cancelled, and lashed out with a chair.

“Our employees then tried to intervene to calm him down, however, they were injured as a result. The management is now examining, together with the staff, how such situations can be avoided in the future,” spokesperson Kathleen De Vijver told HLN.

A doctor on site was able to calm the man down by administering medication.

No further information is available at this time.

Helen Lyons
The Brussels Times

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