first_img152 prisoners escape from Brazilian jail after setting fire to cellblock 52 inmates remain at large following the jailbreak yesterday in the town of Bauru. Jan 25th 2017, 7:27 AM Short URL Wednesday 25 Jan 2017, 7:27 AM 7 Comments By AFP Source: Shutterstock/BackgroundStoreBRAZILIAN POLICE ARE hunting for 52 inmates who broke out of a jail yesterday in the latest unrest to hit the country’s overcrowded prisons.Inmates set fire to one of the cellblocks before escaping from the Penitentiary Progression Centre, a semi-open prison in the town of Bauru, northwest of Sao Paulo, according to the national prisons authority.The revolt broke out in protest after a prison guard confiscated a mobile phone from an inmate it said.“The prisoners started a commotion and some took advantage of it to flee,” a source in the prisons authority told AFP.Inmates set fire to the roof of the cellblock, but firefighters soon put out the blaze, the source said.The prisons authority said separately in a statement that 152 inmates fled and 100 were captured by military police.More than 130 prisoners have been reported killed in Brazil this year, many of them beheaded, in a series of bloody prison riots blamed on drug gangs.© – AFP, 2017Read: The man who hacked nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence gets 9 months in jailRead: Trump takes first step towards building Mexican wall Share12 Tweet Email 6,589 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img