Dozens of Brazil convicts remain on the loose after dual prison breaks

Bruce Douglas – The Guardian, 01/26/2016

Forty-one convicts are still on the run after two prison breaks in the past week in the north-eastern Brazilian state of Pernambuco.

On Wednesday night, 53 prisoners escaped from the Barreto Campelo penitentiary after explosives were used to blow a hole in an outer wall. The prison is located on the island of Itamaracá, around 50km north of the state capital, Recife.

By Saturday afternoon, the authorities had succeeded in capturing 13 of the prisoners, when a group of 40 inmates broke out of the Frei Damião de Bozzano jail, part of the Curado prison complex in the western suburbs of Recife, using a similar method.

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