Friday, January 21, 2011

Hunt continues for escaped prisoners in Cotabato City

A jail officer escorts a captured inmate, one of 16 who escaped from prison in Cotabato City in the southern Philippines. The prisoners destroyed the window grills of their cells and escaped, officials say. (Mindanao Examiner Photo – Mark Navales)

COTABATO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Jan. 21, 2011) – Police continue to hunt down over a dozen inmates who escaped from a prison facility in the southern Filipino city of Cotabato, officials said Friday.

Troops are also helping police track down the inmates who bolted from jail before dawn on Thursday. One of them was recaptured, officials said.

Officials said the prisoners destroyed the iron bars of their cells and escaped under cover of darkness. It was not immediately known why the escape was not detected by the jail guards, but the prison warden was removed from his position and is facing administrative charges.

Most of those who escaped were facing various criminal charges. Police have launched a manhunt to recapture the prisoners. (With a report from Mark Navales)

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