POLICE RECAPTURE 11 AFTER MADAGASCAR PRISON BREAK

Madagascar Police have recaptured 11 out of 31 escaped prisoners a day after a breakout that ended in a deadly shootout, the justice ministry said Monday.

Police opened fire on scores of inmates trying to flee Farafanga Prison on Sunday, capturing 37 but killing 20 and wounding eight others in the process.

Thirty-one inmates managed to escape from the prison located in the southeast of the Indian Ocean Island, and were still on the run late on Sunday.

Eleven of the escapees have since been caught and one was found dead, leaving 19 to account for, the justice ministry said in a statement.

The police and army were deployed to the prison when dozens of prisoners turned against guards with rocks and a stolen gun.

The Justice Ministry said the weapon has been recovered and has vowed to boost security at prisons across the country.

Mass prison escapes are not uncommon in Madagascar. In 2016, about 40 detainees broke out from a high-security prison in Toliary in the south of the country.


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