officers found the bodies of two inmates in the housing units
where several altercations took place on Thursday afternoon
after about 40 inmates refused to return to their cells at the
Tecumseh State Prison in southeast Nebraska, according to the
"Any loss of life is tragic," State Corrections Director Scott
Frakes told a news conference shown on the newspaper's website.
The staff "have handled the situation extremely well which
limited the incident to a small number of participants."
Frakes described the deaths as murders but did not provide
details about the incident or the identities of the deceased
The maximum/medium custody facility for men was the site of
another deadly melee in May 2015, when as many as 200 inmates
ransacked and started fires in two housing units. Two inmates
also died during the incident.
(Reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by Gareth
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