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152 prisoners escape from Brazilian jail after setting fire to cellblock

52 inmates remain at large following the jailbreak yesterday in the town of Bauru.
Jan 25th 2017, 7:27 AM 6,520 7

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BRAZILIAN POLICE ARE hunting for 52 inmates who broke out of a jail yesterday in the latest unrest to hit the country’s overcrowded prisons.

Inmates set fire to one of the cellblocks before escaping from the Penitentiary Progression Centre, a semi-open prison in the town of Bauru, northwest of Sao Paulo, according to the national prisons authority.

The revolt broke out in protest after a prison guard confiscated a mobile phone from an inmate it said.

“The prisoners started a commotion and some took advantage of it to flee,” a source in the prisons authority told AFP.

Inmates set fire to the roof of the cellblock, but firefighters soon put out the blaze, the source said.

The prisons authority said separately in a statement that 152 inmates fled and 100 were captured by military police.

More than 130 prisoners have been reported killed in Brazil this year, many of them beheaded, in a series of bloody prison riots blamed on drug gangs.

© – AFP, 2017

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