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19 Rohingya abscond from detention centre

Jan 08. 2020
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By The Nation

Police were notified at 8 am on Wednesday (January 8) that a group of 19 male Rohingya had escaped from Songkhla Immigration detention centre, said Police Colonel Phongphan Saengsanga, director of Sadao Police Station.

The escapees were said to have used a cloth rope to desend from the third floor of the building after dismantling an iron-grilled window at around 4 am. 

Police, military and administration officials were mobilised and have since recaptured one of escapees with a broken leg, while others were likely to have fled across the Thai-Malaysian border.

Police sniffer dogs have been deployed in the border area within a 5km radius from the detention centre.

The Rohingya are victims of trafficking and were to be returned to their country of origin.

A similar incident happened two years ago.

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