SAGAING–One prisoner was killed and five were recaptured following a brazen jailbreak at Hkamti Prison on Oct. 18, according to locals. A total of 14 political prisoners, including four Kachin Independence Army (KIA) troops, broke out of the prison in the early morning hours of Tuesday. Five were caught by the Burma Army during its search of the area. One was killed.
“Some weapons were also taken [from the escapees]. The military council forces are conducting inspections by blocking [access to] the town. Land and water routes have also been blockaded,” a resident said. A police official stated that one prisoner died after interrogation. It has been reported that the four KIA members who fled were arrested last August.