At least eight prisoners were killed and 12 more were wounded in Herat prison riot that started on Wednesday evening, health officials said on Thursday.

The riot started after police began clearing some partitions created by prisoners in Block 5 of Herat Prison, said Mohammad Rafiq Shirzai, spokesman for provincial public health directorate.

The wounded were taken to Herat hospital, he said. 

Jailani Farhad, a spokesman for provincial governor said the situation is under police control. 

Source said that the prisoners have torched Block 5 and that the riot continued until midnight. 

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