Chinese Prison Break Ends in Death and Captures

Sky Canaves from the Wall Street Journal writes about the aftermath of a break in Hohot:

On Tuesday, police in northern China shot and killed one escaped inmate and captured three others. The prisoners had staged a dramatic prison escape over the weekend, leading to a massive manhunt to capture them.

The escapees, who killed one police officer and assaulted others during their escape Saturday were apprehended by police Tuesday morning in Helin county, near the regional capital of Hohot, the official Xinhua news agency said in a brief report, adding that one police officer was injured during the operation.

China launched an enormous manhunt, involving more than 6,000 armed police and security officers, in northern China following Saturday’s deadly prison escape by four inmates. The search was ordered by Zhou Yongkang, the country’s top law-and-order official and member of the powerful Politburo Standing Committee, underscoring the seriousness of the public and sensational crime.

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