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  • 18 February 2014, 7:03

One Killed, Dozens Hurt, In Asylum Centre Riot

One person has been killed and 77 injured during a second night of rioting at an Australian immigration detention centre.

The incident happened on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island.

Two other seriously injured asylum seekers, one with a gunshot wound and the other with a fractured skull, have been flown to Australia for treatment.

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison described the violence as the latest in a series of protests at the camp.

The number of security guards has been increased at the site - which houses more than 1,000 inmates.

"This is a tragedy, but this was a very dangerous situation where people decided to protest in a very violent way and to take themselves outside the centre and place themselves at great risk," he said.

On Sunday night eight asylum seekers were arrested following more unrest.

Ian Rintoul, spokesman for the Australian advocacy group Refugee Action Coalition, said he had spoken to inmates inside the Manus camp and was told asylum seekers had been attacked by police and local residents.

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