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Prison Officers Injured In Attack At G4S Jail
Four prison officers have been injured in an attack by an inmate of Birmingham prison - run by security firm G4S.
A prisoner is believed to have slashed the staff members with shards of glass from a television set he broke in his cell earlier in the day.
Sky News' Mark White said the inmate was being served lunch on Wednesday through his prison door when he managed to burst through it and hurt the officers.
Two officers suffered serious injuries while the other two were left with minor cuts. One officer is still in hospital undergoing surgery on his arm.
The attack took place in the jail's hospital wing where the employees worked.
A spokesman for G4S said: "The staff, all members of the prison's healthcare unit, were wounded in an altercation with a prisoner on remand, with two staff receiving serious lacerations.
"All staff were transferred to local hospitals for treatment. The prisoner has been contained."
News of the attack emerged as the firm was told it will lose its contract to run the Wolds prison in East Yorkshire from next year and was unsuccessful in its bid to run other jails.
The security firm's spokesman added: "The safety and welfare of our staff and those in our care is our utmost priority, and we have launched an immediate investigation into the circumstances surrounding this attack."