Members of the Prison Service are trying to contain a riot going on in the remand yard of the Golden Grove Prison in Arouca.
T&T Guardian spoke to a prison officer, who confirmed that at about 6 am today prisoners began to riot when officers opened their cells for breakfast.
Five officers were badly beaten and are currently warded at the Eric Williams Sciences Complex in Mt Hope. Officers were stabbed and one officer's teeth were broken.
T&T Guardian was informed that the prisoners were in possession of weapons crafted by the prisoners.
These include shanks made out of tooth brushes and metal objects.
The prisoners have barricaded themselves in an area in the prison. The officer said the prisoners have created shields to prevent the officers from harming them if the riot police were to enter.
Prison Officers are trying to negotiate with the prisoners to end the riot. However, many prison officers do not want to engage with the prisoners because they fear for their lives.
Members of the Riot squad are standing by at Golden Grove to assist if prison officers are unable to contain the situation.
A prisoner informed T&T Guardian that the riot ensued following an incident where the prisoners were soaked with water and an Imam was badly beaten inside the prison. However, T&T Guardian could not confirm this statement.
There are unconfirmed reports that approximately 40 prisoners were injured during the riot.