Brazil Hunts Escaped Inmates After Bloody Prison Riot

Brazil hunts escaped inmates after bloody prison riot

MANAUS, Brazil, Jan 4 (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 04th Jan, 2017 ) : Brazilian police staged a massive manhunt Tuesday for scores of convicts who escaped during a prison riot that ended with 56 inmates killed by their rivals, many of them beheaded.

In all, 184 inmates escaped from two prisons in Amazonas state as a local drug gang took gruesome revenge on members of a rival gang, authorities said. Of those, 130 remain at large and 54 have been recaptured, according to the latest count.

Police set up roadblocks in the area and deployed teams to track down the remaining convicts. "We hope to have caught nearly all the prisoners by the end of the week," the state security minister Sergio Fontes told reporters.