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Jailed South African track star Pistorius in hospital

Jailed South African track star Oscar Pistorius was taken to hospital Saturday after suffering injuries in prison, authorities told NBC.

Spokesman for South Africa's Department of Correctional Services, Singabakho Nxumalo, told NBC News the parlaympic star suffered some injuries in prison on Saturday and was taken to Kalafong hospital in Pretoria.

He was returned to prison on the same day in the afternoon and remains there today.

Nxumalo told NBC News that Pistorius told prison officials he was injured after falling off his bed. Spokesman would not discuss the nature of Pistorius injuries citing privacy.

The paralympic gold medallist is serving a six-year jail term for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

South African Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius
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