Guards attacked as 67 immigrants escape from Spanish detention centre

SURPRISE ATTACK: The facility in Murcia.

AN organised breakout at a Murcia detention centre resulted in the escape of 67 illegal immigrants at around 9pm on Wednesday, October 5.

Five National Police officers were left wounded after one of the fugitives pretended to feel unwell, with a riot breaking out as an ambulance was given permission to access the Centre for Internment of Foreigners (CIE) in Sangonera la Verde.

The guards were attacked with knives and fire extinguishers in the kitchen of the facility, although none of them are said to be in a serious condition.


Patrols from the National Police’s Provincial Brigade of Public Safety immediately formed a special device in collaboration with local forces from Molina de Segura and Cartagena in order to track the absconders down.

The team has already recaptured 38 of the escapees, who are all Algerian, and continues to search for the 29 who remain at large.

Four of the injured police officers were taken by ambulance to the La Vega Hospital in Murcia, while the fifth drove himself to the Quironsalud Hospital.

This is not the first time that trouble has broken out at the Murcia CIE; in 2000 11 immigrants escaped after forcing open some bars, while in 2012, 25 individuals assaulted their guards and fled. A similar event occurred in 2013, and in 2015 eight Algerians scaled the perimeter fence before making their getaway.



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