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The man got permission to leave his cell to have a shower, and once the door was open he pulled out the gun and pointed it at a guard

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It is believed the weapon was smuggled in by drone (STOCK)

It is believed the weapon was smuggled in by drone (STOCK)

It is believed the weapon was smuggled in by drone (STOCK)

Italy’s’ overcrowded prison system has been described as “out of control” after a prisoner shot at fellow inmates through the bars of their cell with a weapon believed to have been smuggled in by drone.

The 28-year-old man, who has links to the Camorra mafia in Naples, fired three shots at other prisoners through cell bars, a prison union has said.

The man had got permission to leave his cell to have a shower, and once the door was open he pulled out the gun and pointed it at a guard, forcing him to hand over his keys to the other cells, the head of the Sappe prison union Donato Capece said.

Unable to open the cells of his enemies, the inmate shot through the bars instead, he said.

There were no reports of any injuries, the union added.

The incident took place at the high-security Frosinone prison, around 100 kilometres southeast of the capital, Rome.

It is believed the prisoner had fired the handgun at inmates he had previously had an altercation with a few days earlier.

"He threatened a guard by asking him for the keys to the cell," said Capece.

"The cornered colleague had to give the keys but the inmate did not manage to open the door," he added.

The 28-year-old man had also smuggled a mobile phone into the prison to contact his lawyer, before turning himself in to the authorities.

He handed over the weapon and the phone, but not without removing the SIM card and swallowing it, Capece said.

"We assume that the weapon arrived by drone, but we have no confirmation of this," he added.

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The incident was the latest in a series that have raised concerns over the poor management of Italy’s cramped prisons.

The country has the most overcrowded jails in the European Union, with 120 prisoners per 100 places, compared with 115 in France and 70.8 in Spain, according to the Council of Europe’s 2020 report.

Italy’s prison system came under intense scrutiny in June, when footage emerged of guards at one institute beating inmates with truncheons as apparent payback for protests during the first coronavirus lockdown.

The Uipla prison guard union called on the government to set up a crisis unit following the shooting incident, saying the prison system was “out of control”.

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