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Mozambique authorities captured 8 of 15 prison escapees in the central Zambezia province

Mozambique authorities captured 8 of 15 prison escapees in the central Zambezia province
Mozambique authorities captured 8 of 15 prison escapees in the central Zambezia province

Authorities in Mozambique say they have captured eight out of 15 inmates who escaped jail in the central Zambezia province eight months ago.

The prison authorities said that the operation to capture the remaining inmates is ongoing.

The National Prison Service Provincial Director in Zambezia, José dos Santos, said the eight were found within the province.

The prisoners are reported to have escaped from the Ile district prison in May last year after breaking through the window of a female cell .

Up until then, they’d been serving different jail terms for various offenses.

The incident had coincided with a visit by the Deputy Justice Minister Filimão Suaze to the province.

Prison escapes are common in Mozambique which was once accused by rights group Amnesty international of jailing thousands illegally.

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