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Manhunt on the way for two more

Three of five male inmates who escaped from the Suphan Buri prison have been recaptured and a manhunt is under way for the two remaining escapees.

The inmates escaped from a temporary detention facility at the prison late Friday night.

The facility was being used as a Covid-19 screening centre for new inmates before they were sent to the main prison. Inmates awaiting Covid tests also stayed in the building.

Three of the escapees encountered patrol police and fled into a nearby grove in tambon Tha Rahad of Muang district,

Thai media reported.

Police deployed to the scene surrounded the area and later recaptured the trio.

The five inmates had escaped through the ceiling of the living quarters at the Lad Sam Roi temporary detention facility, said Corrections Department director-general Ayut Sinthoppan, citing a report from Somsak Khiew-on, the Suphan Buri prison chief.

The two men still at large were identified as Arthit Klinkhachorn and Sakhon Muenthip, both of whom had been convicted of drug offences.

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