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Dushanbe, Tajikistan -

A Tajik prisoner stabbed a prison governor to death with scissors after being ordered to give him a haircut, the Interior Ministry said on Monday.

The 66-year-old prison governor “on Sunday evening asked the prisoner, who had worked as a hairdresser before being jailed, to come to his office to cut his hair”, an interior ministry spokesman told AFP.

The prisoner then used the scissors to stab the prison governor once in the head and 16 times in the body. The official died before reaching hospital.

The 29-year-old prisoner had been sentenced several months earlier to 17-and-a-half years behind bars for murdering a young man, whom he stabbed 57 times.

The crime took place in a prison in the city of Kutab, around 200km south-east of Dushanbe.

The mountainous Central Asian country is the poorest former Soviet republic, with around 40 percent of the population living in poverty. - Sapa-AFP