Anti-terror police are investigating an attack on five prison staff by inmates understood to have been wearing fake bomb vests and carrying improvised weapons.
The employees were all taken to hospital after two inmates assaulted an officer at the maximum security HMP Whitemoor in Cambridgeshire.
A Prison Service spokesman said the incident was “quickly resolved by brave staff – and our thoughts are with the injured officers at this time.”
He did not state the nature of the injuries.
The statement continued: “We do not tolerate assaults on our hardworking officers and will push for the strongest possible punishment.
“We have referred the incident to the police and it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”
The Metropolitan Police has also issued a statement, saying “no arrests have been made at this time.”
It read: “Due to certain circumstances relating to this incident, it was deemed appropriate for the investigation to be carried out by officers from the Met Police Counter Terrorism Command.
“However, we must stress that at this early stage of the investigation we are keeping an open mind with regards to any motives and enquiries to establish the full circumstances of the incident are ongoing”.
HMP Whitemoor has a prisoner capacity of 744.
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