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Video shows inmates attacking New Mexico prison guards

Seven inmates were indicted Thursday in the aftermath of the attack, two on charges of attempted murder.

Seven inmates in New Mexico were indicted Thursday after they attacked two prison guards.

The Dona Ana County District Attorney’s Office released a video of the incident at the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility, which doesn’t show how the incident began, but reveals a group of inmates attacking prison guards.

The graphic video portrays a violent scene inside the correctional facility, with punching, kicking, and head stomping. The fight, which happened on July 16, eventually ended when an officer used a “less-lethal shotgun” and pepper ball grenades to stop the attack, according to NBC affiliate KTSM.

The guards were taken to area hospitals and treated for injuries that were not life-threatening, KTSM reports.

New Mexico State Police say the fight broke out when an inmate began arguing with a prison guard escorting a nurse who was delivering medicine to prisoners.

Third Judicial District Attorney Mark D’Antonio said at a news conference on Thursday that he would “do anything” to protect the guards.

The inmates involved in the attack have been indicted by a grand jury on multiple charges of varying degrees, some on counts of kidnapping and attempted murder, as well as aggravated assault and possession of a deadly weapon by a prisoner.