Four Inmates Escape from Prison in Peru

LIMA – Gunmen helped four inmates escape from the prison in the Andean city of Abancay, located about 970 kilometers (603 miles) southeast of Lima, wounding two guards during the breakout, Peruvian National Penitentiary Institute chief Jorge Leon said on Sunday.

Two armed men broke into the prison Saturday and shot the guards, Leon told Radio Programas del Peru, or RPP.

“The wounded (guards) are in intensive care,” Leon said, adding that “one of the guards was shot in the chest and his lung was punctured, while the other had a lung hit.”

Three of the inmates were serving sentences of between nine and 12 years on drug convictions, while the fourth man was awaiting trial on drug charges.

Two inmates were killed and two others wounded during a riot on New Year’s Eve at the Huancas prison in the northeastern city of Chachapoyas.

The inmates, who were demanding speedier trials and better food, ended the uprising and released two prison employees being held hostage following negotiations with officials.

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