Algeria: 8 suffocate to death in prison septic tank

Cairo: Eight people have died inside a septic tank in a prison in north-eastern Algeria, local media reported.

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The victims were an inmate and seven guards, who died of suffocation inside the tank in the prison located in the province of Bejaia, Algerian Justice Minister Balkacem Zeghmati said.

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Police opened an investigation into the incident while the bodies of the victims were transferred to a forensic medicine department at a regional hospital for post-mortem examinations.

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Local media said the victims died while cleaning the tank.

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Poisonous emissions

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The deaths were due to inhaling poisonous emissions, according to head of the local civil defence service Fadi Noureddin.

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The justice minister extended condolences on behalf of President Abdelmadjid Tebboune and the government to families of the victims.

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An official delegation comprising ministers of interior, justice and water resources went to the site of the incident for inspection, Algerian media said

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