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Prison officers rushed to hospital after knife attack in Mountjoy

Crime DeskBy Shuki Byrne
Savage: The two wardens were attacked by the prisoner early this morning
Savage: The two wardens were attacked by the prisoner early this morning

Two prison officers have been rushed to hospital after being injured in a savage knife attack in Mountjoy Prison.

The two wardens were attacked by a prisoner when they unlocked a specialist cell at approximately 8.15am this morning, the Independent reports. 

It is understood the troubled prisoner was incarcerated in the specialist cell overnight after a spitting incident involving a nurse yesterday. 

He attacked the prison officers with two blades when they entered the cell. They suffered wounds to their respective faces and heads. 

Emergency services were called and the wardens were rushed to the nearby Mater Hospital for treatment. 

Their condition is unknown. 

Last month two other prison officers were attacked in separate incidents at Midlands Prison. One officer was slashed in the back with a homemade knife and required more than a dozen stitches after he intervened during an attack on an inmate.

A second officer was subsequently injured trying to subdue another inmate.

Last year 'out-of-control' prisoner Leon Wright assaulted a prison officer in an unprovoked attack in Mountjoy Prison's exercise yard. 
 
More to follow as we get it.