x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Six prison-break fugitives recaptured

Six prisoners who escaped from a police cell by removing a window and knocking through a wall were recaptured yesterday after two days on the run.

SHARJAH // Six prisoners who escaped from a police cell by removing a window and knocking through a wall were recaptured yesterday after two days on the run. Brig Humaid al Hudaidi, the director general of Sharjah Police, said the six men, five Pakistanis and one Yemeni, were being held in connection with the theft of several cars.The prisoners made their escape late one night over the weekend, after spending more than 10 days in the cell.

"We admit the building walls were weak; the station has very old buildings but after this incident we will make efforts to renew the buildings," Brig al Hudaidi said. He declined to say where the men were captured. They used metal tools to break through the walls, and an investigation is under way to determine how they obtained the implements. Police declined to name the station at which they had been held. They have all been additionally charged with escaping from custody.

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