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Inmates capture and injure prison guards

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Hobart correspondent for Fairfax Media

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Two prison officers were held captive by a group of maximum security prisoners at Tasmania's troubled Risdon prison today.

The prisoners injured the guards in a stand-off that lasted for about 30 minutes before other staff responded and they were released, a Corrective Services spokesman said.

Details of the injuries were not immediately available, he said.

Staff hostages were last taken at the prison in November.

There have been a series of incidents - including riots, brawls and escapes - at the prison over recent years.

Following a report by former Australian Federal Police commissioner Mick Palmer, the Tasmanian government appointed a British corrections specialist as a change manager to overhaul Risdon.

Brian Edwards, who held senior positions within the United Kingdom Prison Service, began work in February.

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