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2 killed, 10 injured after attempted prison escape in North Carolina

Inmates at a high-security prison in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, killed two people and injured 10 others during an attempted prison break Thursday afternoon, state officials said.

At 3:30 p.m. ET, inmates began to set fires in the sewing plant at Pasquotank Correctional Institution, where they sew uniforms for prisoners, the state Department of Public Safety said. The incident was brought under control later in the afternoon, and no inmates escaped during the melee. The prison has a capacity of 896 inmates, with 729 inside at the time, and officials did not reveal if the dead were inmates or employees.