Two prison guards who were held hostage at a penitentiary outside the Swedish city of Eskilstuna by two convicts convicted of serious crimes have been released.

Convicts armed with razor blades burst into a guard room in Hallby Prison and covering up the surveillance cameras, then shut themselves in with the hostages at midday on Wednesday, July 21.

According to the Swedish Prison Inspectorate, Hallby prison has 98 spaces in security class 1, the highest security level for Swedish prisons.

At first, the police just stated that a significant operation was underway at the prison and that personnel with special power were present.

The Swedish Prison and Probation Service said it was a “very dangerous situation” The pair were convicted murderers aged 24 and 30, reported Ero News.

They had reportedly requested a helicopter to assist them in their escape.

A helicopter hovering over the prison in Eskilstuna on July 21, 2021.
(Screenshot via TheBL/New York Post Youtube)

Also, they promised to free one of the hostages in return for 20 kebab pizzas being delivered to other convicts.

The newspaper Aftonbladet released images of a local pizza restaurant making and loading pizzas into a car, claiming that they were being sent to the prison, reported NY Post.

“The inmates have been convicted of serious crime,” the probation service’s acting security chief Jorgen From Nordin told Swedish Newsagency TT. “The Swedish Prison and Probation Service’s negotiators, task force and police are onsite and the situation is frozen.”

According to Dagens Nyheter, both of the guards were released unhurt around 9.30 p.m. local time. The two inmates have been brought to the police station in Eskilstuna.

Eskilstuna is located about 75 miles west of Stockholm, the Swedish capital.