ISLAND OF ELBA, Italy — Six convicted murderers ended an eight-day prison siege today, surrendering peacefully and releasing their 28 hostages unharmed after Italy's longest jail takeover since World War II.
Prison officials said the end of the drama came at 11:35 a.m. when the prisoners released the hostages they had held for more than 193 hours.
"I hope we have not lost your friendship," revolt leader Mario Tuti told prison officials after the surrender. "We did not use violence. We had nothing against you, but we had no hope but to try to escape. Unfortunately things went badly."
Officials said the surrender took place after a second round of talks with defense lawyers and an Amnesty International representative. There was no immediate word on what concessions the inmates were granted.