The Straits Times
Published on Sep 18, 2012

More than 30 escape from Mexican prison on US border


MEXICO CITY (REUTERS) - More than 30 inmates have escaped from a prison in northern Mexico on the border with the United States, authorities in the state of Coahuila said on Monday.

Mr Jorge Luis Moran, chief of public security in Coahuila, said the convicts had escaped through a tunnel dug in the carpentry section of the prison in the city of Piedras Negras.

US authorities have been alerted to help capture the fugitives if they try to cross the border, Moran added.

Some media reports said more than 100 prisoners had broken out, though that figure has not been confirmed.