Almost 100 Inmates Escape Brazil Prison Through Tunnel

Brazil (Sputnik) – At least 91 inmates escaped Thursday from a jail in northeastern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Norte after digging beneath the walls, local media reported.

A tunnel of up to 130 feet was used in the mass escape, the Telesur news channel said. Inmates reportedly staged a brawl to distract prison guards.

Eight runaways were caught soon after security forces launched a manhunt spanning 36 towns on Rio Grande’s southern border with the neighboring state of Paraiba.

Prison authorities said escaped prisoners were met by accomplices in two cars and a bike and were given a change of clothes. Fourteen inmates escaped the same prison this January.

This report prepared by Sputnik