OSLO, Norway – Two inmates took a pair of guards hostage in a Swedish prison on Wednesday and are barricaded inside in what the country’s prison division called “a very dangerous situation.”
The inmates kidnapped the prison guards after breaking into a guards’ room and covering the surveillance cameras shortly after noon, the Swedish Prison and Probation Service said. Negotiators and police were in jail “and the situation is frozen,” acting security chief Jorgen From Nordin told Swedish news agency TT.
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The inmates are serving murder sentences, TT reported. Swedish media say they have demanded a helicopter to help them escape.
Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet said the men are 30 and 24 years old and were allegedly armed with razor blades when they broke into the guards’ room.
The newspaper said they offered to release one of the hostages in exchange for handing out 20 kebab pizzas to other inmates. Aftonbladet posted photos of a local pizzeria preparing pizzas and loading them into a car, saying they were in jail for delivery.
The penitentiary is located near Eskilstuna, about 120 kilometers west of the Swedish capital Stockholm.