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5 inmates in southern Taiwan take deputy warden, others hostage

  • Police gather outside a prison as prisoners hold prison staff hostage inside in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. Six inmates took prison staff including the warden hostage, seized guns and ammunition, and demanded safe exit from a prison in southern Taiwan on Wednesday, authorities said. (AP Photo) TAIWAN OUT

    Police gather outside a prison as prisoners hold prison staff hostage inside in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. Six inmates took prison staff including the warden hostage, seized guns and ammunition, and demanded safe exit from a prison in southern Taiwan on Wednesday, authorities said. (AP Photo) TAIWAN OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • Police in riot gear gather outside of a prison as prisoners hold prison staff hostage inside in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. Six inmates took prison staff including the warden hostage, seized guns and ammunition, and demanded safe exit from a prison in southern Taiwan on Wednesday, authorities said. (AP Photo) TAIWAN OUT

    Police in riot gear gather outside of a prison as prisoners hold prison staff hostage inside in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. Six inmates took prison staff including the warden hostage, seized guns and ammunition, and demanded safe exit from a prison in southern Taiwan on Wednesday, authorities said. (AP Photo) TAIWAN OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • Police in riot gear gather outside of a prison as prisoners hold prison staff hostage inside in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. Six inmates took prison staff including the warden hostage, seized guns and ammunition, and demanded safe exit from a prison in southern Taiwan on Wednesday, authorities said. (AP Photo) TAIWAN OUT

    Police in riot gear gather outside of a prison as prisoners hold prison staff hostage inside in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. Six inmates took prison staff including the warden hostage, seized guns and ammunition, and demanded safe exit from a prison in southern Taiwan on Wednesday, authorities said. (AP Photo) TAIWAN OUT  (The Associated Press)

Taiwan's official news agency says five inmates have taken a deputy warden and several other people hostage at a prison in the southern port city of Kaohsiung.

Central News Agency said Wednesday that the inmates were suspected to be armed although no gunshots were heard at Kaohsiung Prison. It says two people might be injured but gives no further detail.

CNA says the reason for the hostage taking is unclear but police are investigating.