x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Jailbreak: police on the hunt for two men who escape Dubai prison

Four men in Dubai Central Jail waited until guards were busy hosting a sports class before making their bid for freedom - two were captured while two others are still on the run.

DUBAI // Two prisoners are on the run after breaking out of jail in Dubai.

Two others have been captured and are back under lock and key.

The four men, all serving sentences in the narcotics wing at the Dubai Central Jail, waited until guards were busy hosting a sports class for prisoners before making their bid for freedom on Friday.

They gained access to a building under construction near the exercise yard that gave them access to the outer perimeter of the prison, then climbed the wall to the outside world.

One of the prisoners fell and broke his leg. He was found the following day. Another prisoner was discovered three kilometres away.

The group are thought to be an Iranian, an Afghan and a Sri Lankan serving life sentences, and another Afghan serving 10 years. Dubai Police declined to comment.

Meanwhile, a member of the Pink Panther gang responsible for an audacious Dh15 million jewel heist in Dubai six years ago has escaped from jail in Switzerland.

salamir@thenational.ae