Hunt for hun­dreds of es­caped drug ad­dicts

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

HANOI: Viet­namese po­lice hunted yes­ter­day for hun­dreds of drug ad­dicts who es­caped from a com­pul­sory re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­tre, with some us­ing sticks and fire ex­tin­guish­ers to break out.

More than 500 ad­dicts broke out of a cen­tre in the south­ern prov­ince of Dong Nai late on Sun­day, leav­ing the cen­tre in a sham­bles af­ter smash­ing through con­crete walls and win­dows and break­ing down doors.

The es­capees flooded onto nearby roads, ac­cord­ing to me­dia footage, prompt­ing of­fi­cials to urge res­i­dents to stay in­doors and lock their homes.

By yes­ter­day morn­ing, 300 ad­dicts were still at large and po­lice were search­ing nearby com­mu­ni­ties.

“We are still hunt­ing them in fields and sur­round­ing ar­eas. Many have caught taxis and left the prov­ince,” said a po­lice of­fi­cer who gave his name as Thanh, with­out pro­vid­ing his sur­name.

“The peo­ple here are still very wor­ried.” – AFP

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