Malaysian police recapture 76 detainees after riot

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Posted: Apr 07, 2011 12:48 AM
Malaysian police recapture 76 detainees after riot

Malaysian police say they have recaptured 76 illegal immigrants who escaped from a detention center during a riot.

Negri Sembilan state police chief Osman Salleh says authorities are searching for 33 other detainees who fled the facility in the central state Monday. Most are immigrants from Myanmar who are supposed to be deported after being arrested for being in Malaysia illegally.

Some of the 1,000 detainees at the center set fire to their cell block and tore down a fence in the riot. Officials said they were frustrated with what they regarded as crowded conditions and long detention periods.

Osman said Thursday many of those who broke out had sought refuge in a jungle and nearby villages.