An inmate in a Baghdad prison grabbed an assault rifle from a guard and opened fire on other guards and prisoners, killing at least eight people and injuring three, police said. The prisoner fired indiscriminately after grabbing the AK-47, killing four guards and four inmates, said Iraqi army Brig. Gen. Jalil al-Mehamadawi. Three inmates were injured, he said.
Guards overtook the gunman and restrained him, he said. The prison was a Justice Ministry facility that also housed foreigners, officials said. Police 1st Lt. Thair Mahmoud said police were investigating the incident, which took place in the northern Baghdad suburb of Kazimiyah. The U.S. military had no immediate comment, reports the AP. I.L.