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Two guards stabbed at federal prison


An inmate at a federal prison in southern Kentucky stabbed two guards.

The incident occurred shortly after 5 p.m. Monday at the McCreary United States Penitentiary in Pine Knot, just north of the Tennessee border.

Officials said guards were conducting routine searches of inmates’ cells when an inmate attacked them, causing stab wounds. Both guards were taken to area hospitals from which they were released after treatment.

The prison was placed on immediate lockdown and all inmates have been accounted for.

Officials said the prison is secure and there was no danger to the public.

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