100 prisoners flee Brazil jail
Published : Tuesday, 11 September, 2018 at 10:08 AM Count : 247
Nearly 100 inmates fled a maximum-security prison in Brazil's Paraiba state on Monday, reports Reuters citing official.
Later, police recaptured a total of 33 of the escaped prisoners, the Paraiba Prison Administration Secretariat said.
Some 20 men armed with rifles and explosives opened fire on guard posts at the barracks and the main entrance of the Romeu Gonçalves Abrantes maximum-security prison in Joao Pessoa, the state capital.
Guards and police engaged the gunmen in a shootout, the secretariat said, adding that the prison's main door was then knocked down, allowing 105 prisoners to escape.
Another group of gunmen, meanwhile, blocked part of a nearby highway and shot a 36-year-old police officer in the head.
The officer was transported to a hospital, where he is listed in critical condition.
Police have not determined whether the two incidents are related.
The Federal University of Paraiba, some schools and hospitals suspended operations as a precaution to "ensure the safety of clients and professionals," the Joao Pessoa Mayor's Office said.
Security has been bolstered in the city while officers try to capture the prisoners who are still at large.