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A 36-year-old inmate at the House of Correction on State Road in Holmesburg was hospitalized in with non-life threatening injuries Friday after he was stabbed as many as five times in his back by a group of inmates, police said.
The stabbing occurred around 1:35 p.m. and the man was taken to Aria Torresdale Hospital. He was listed in stable condition as of 5:45 p.m. Shawn Hawes, spokeswoman for the Philadelphia Prison System, said the inmate suffered superficial wounds.
The cell block where the attack happened was locked down afterward, and authorities were working to identify the inmate’s attackers Friday evening. Hawes said as many as three inmates may have assaulted the victim, but it was unclear what they used to stab him with.
“We haven’t been able to identify the weapon yet, but it was most likely some kind of homemade shank,” she said.
The House of Correction is a facility comprised of 666 cells housing medium and minimum security inmates.