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Sri Lanka looks for prison escapees after deadly riot

Published on Nov 13, 2012 4:29 PM

COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lankan authorities launched a search for five inmates after a roll call on Tuesday found that they may have escaped from the country's maximum security prison during a weekend riot that left 27 dead.

Prisons spokesman Gamini Kulatunga said the roll call showed that four convicts and a remand suspect were missing from the Welikada prison, following rioting that lasted from last Friday evening to early Saturday.

"We are looking for the five men who may have escaped during the clashes," said Mr Kulatunga. He did not give further details of the inmates.

He said that normality had been restored at the prison where 4,000 inmates are being held.

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