Peru: dozens decamp in jungle jailbreak

Dozens of prisoners escaped from Bagua Grande prison, in Peru‘s Amazonas region, and fled into the jungle in a daring jailbreak May 31. At least 44 inmates escaped, taking an AK-47 rifle with them, after ambushing prison guards and threatening them with knives, authorities said. The majority of those who escaped were convicted or facing trial for violent robbery. Authorities are seeking agreement with indigenous leaders to stop and search vehicles in the area, and a senior official from Peru’s national penal authority has been flown in to coordinate the man-hunt. (BBC News, May 31)

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