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Nearly 80 highly dangerous inmates escape Paraguay prison

Nearly 100 prisoners, many of them members of a big Brazilian drug and arms-trafficking gang and described as highly dangerous, escaped Sunday from a Paraguayan prison near the border with Brazil, police said. The inmates, both Brazilians and Paraguayans, made their getaway through a tunnel they had built from the prison in the border city of Pedro Juan Caballero, police spokeswoman Elena Andrada said. Our best men have gone to the border to attempt to recapture the prisoners, she said. The number of escapees totalled 76, including 40 Brazilians and 36 Paraguans, officials said. Justice Minister Cecilia Perez issued a sharp condemnation, telling reporters that it must have taken prisoners several weeks to build the tunnel, and adding, It is evident that the staff knew nothing and did nothing. The prison s warden was dismissed and dozens of guards were arrested. Most of the escapees belong to a criminal gang known as First Capital Command, one of Brazil s most powerful ...

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