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Prisoners burn objects as they mill in a courtyard behind razor wire at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution in Tecumseh, Neb., Thursday, March 2, 2017. The prison has been placed on lockdown and inmates are refusing to return to their cells. Officials say approximately 40 inmates are involved in the disturbance. No injuries have been reported. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Two inmates at a Nebraska state prison were killed after inmates revolted against staff


Two inmates were killed and others were injured in a Nebraska prison Thursday after inmates revolted against staff members and started a fire in a courtyard.

Prison officials said the disturbance at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution involved about 40 inmates in a unit with 128 prisoners.

The prison was placed on lockdown for several hours after the inmates refused to return to their cells.

More details on the disturbance

No prison employees were injured. An unspecified number of inmates suffered injuries that weren't life-threatening, said Department of Correctional Services Director Scott Frakes.

He told the Associated Press that the two unidentified inmates killed were found inside the housing unit. "This incident is a reminder that this is a dangerous business," Frakes said.

--The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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