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Madagascar red-faced after mass jail breakout

Prison officials in Madagascar were left red-faced on Tuesday after a mass escape which left over 30 inmates on the run on the Indian Ocean island nation.

The mass breakout occurred three weeks into a strike by prison workers, with media reports suggesting the escapees may have received help from guards, although officials said they do not yet know what happened.

“There was a mass breakout about 01:30 Monday from the prison in Tulear,” in southwest Madagascar, justice ministry spokesperson Jeremie Napou told AFP.

“Thirty-seven inmates escaped, and six have already been re-arrested,” he said, giving no further details about the embarrassing mass getaway.

“There are so many versions [of the story] but we prefer to await the results of our own investigations before saying what is really behind this mass escape,” said Napou.

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