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One dead as Chinese police recapture prison escapees

Published 20/10/2009

Police in northern China today shot and killed one escaped inmate and captured three others who had broken out of prison over the weekend.

The inmates, who had killed one prison guard and wounded another during their escape, were recaptured in Inner Mongolia's Helin County, near the regional capital of Hohhot, a local police spokeswoman said.

The official Xinhua News Agency said one police officer was injured during the capture.

A massive manhunt involving hundreds of police had been launched for the four men, who fled Hohhot's number two prison in a stolen taxi on Saturday.

The four, all in their 20s, were serving life sentences when they managed to overpower and kill a guard, stole his uniform and walked out of the main gate, state media reported earlier.

They hijacked a taxi and then commandeered a second one when the first ran out of petrol.

Justice officials in Hohhot called the prison break "a negligent accident on the part of prison management" and may consider penalties, the China Daily reported today.

Jailbreaks, though not common in China, have also been reported this year in central Anhui province and Shanxi province in the north.

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