Dar­ing Hpa-an jail­break

Thirty-eight pris­on­ers es­caped from Hpa-an town­ship jail in Kayin State by smash­ing through a gate with a dump truck on Sun­day.

The Myanmar Times - - Front Page - – Naw Betty Han

FORTY-one pris­on­ers on Sun­day bolted from Hpa-an town­ship jail in Kayin State in a dar­ing prison break, but 11 have been re­cap­tured, the state’s po­lice chief said.

One prison of­fi­cer was in­jured in the jail­break, which oc­curred early in the morn­ing when a group of pris­on­ers com­man­deered a garbage truck to ram the prison gate and es­cape, said Kayin Po­lice Chief Aung Myint Moe.

He said the es­capees headed for the Hpa-an-Hlaingbwe high­way.

“Forty-one es­caped, but 11 have been re­ar­rested. The po­lice are con­duct­ing a manhunt,” he said.

Khin Mg Win, deputy di­rec­tor of Hpa-an jail, said a tri­bunal has been formed to de­ter­mine what ac­tion to take against those pris­on­ers who have been re­cap­tured.

“More de­tails will be re­leased by the head of the Prison De­part­ment,” he added.

A lot of in­di­vid­ual pris­on­ers have tried to es­cape from Hpa-an jail, but this is the first mass jail­break, Khin Mg Win said.

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