Africa News Tue, 25 Aug 2020

11 escapees recaptured after Madagascar prison break

The police in Madagascar say 11 out of 31 prisoners who escaped from a facility in the south-east of the country on Sunday have been recaptured.

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

The police opened fire, killing 20 inmates.

The justice ministry said 19 prisoners were still at large.

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

Rights groups say people are often held for years in prison in Madagascar as they await trial.
Source: bbc.com
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