3 Chinese inmates kill guard, break out of jail

2014-09-02 11:28

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Beijing - Three inmates, including one sentenced to death, escaped in a rare jailbreak in China's northeast after killing a guard early on Tuesday morning, state media reported.

The escape at from Yanshou county jail outside the city of Harbin took place about 06:00 on Tuesday, according to a report on the website of the Communist Party's People's Daily newspaper. Armed police are searching for the fugitives, it said.

One of the men, 50-year-old Gao Yulun, had been sentenced to death, the report said. The other two, 35-year-old Wang Damin and 29-year-old Li Haiwei, were charged, respectively, with assault leading to death and murder, although it wasn't clear whether they had gone on trial yet.

The three donned police jackets and shirts as they left the jail, the report said.

No other details were given and a guard who answered the jail's phone said he was not permitted to answer questions, while calls to the county's Communist Party publicity office rang unanswered.

Chinese jails and prisons are run along strict lines and escapes are extremely rare.
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