Brazil prison revolt frees 19 inmatesBy DPA, IANS
Thursday, April 22, 2010
SAO PAULO - Five heavily armed men stormed into a Brazilian prison and freed 19 inmates Thursday, police said.
The attackers forced their way into the jail in Palmital, around 400 km from Sao Paulo, around 3 a.m. They overpowered two guards and locked them in a cell.
The action appeared to have been aimed at freeing a drug dealer.
“That’s one of the possibilities, but we can’t say with certainty yet that that was the motive for the attack. The investigation is ongoing,” Marcelo Armstrong Nunes, a police officer, told local media.
Police deployed a helicopter to search for the fugitives, capturing six and putting them back in jail.