A prison officer was seriously injured at a maximum-security jail was attacked from behind by two inmates with bladed weapons according to the Officers Trade Union.
Three other officers and a nurse were also injured at HMP Whitemoor in Cambridgeshire yesterday.
Brusthom Ziamani, 24, found guilty of preparing an act of terrorism in 2015 was said to be one of the attackers along with a Muslim convert who was serving time for a violent offence. Ziamani was jailed for a previous plot to behead a soldier.
The badly injured officer sustained stab injuries to his head, face and back when he was set upon by the two inmates wearing fake suicide belts and using improvised weapons, POA general secretary Steve Gillan said.
“There is no doubt in my mind that but for the bravery of staff, then this morning we could have been talking about a death of a prison officer at Whitemoor Prison.”
The officer was attacked as the cells were being unlocked on Thursday morning.
He was set upon from behind and the inmates attempted to force him into a storage cupboard he was unlocking.
The other four members of staff were hurt when they tried to help their colleague.
They were two male prison officers, one female officer and a prison nurse. One officer was stabbed in the hand, and the others received facial injuries, according to Mr Gillan.
All five were treated in hospital but have since been discharged. Shouts of “Allahu Akbar” were reportedly heard during the attack and there are reports he was wearing a mock suicide vest.
HMP Whitemoor houses more than 400 Category A and B prisoners on three wings, including a number of the highest-risk inmates.
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