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Two Killed in Jailbreak During Time of Match

June 04, 2002|Jim Barrero

Two prisoners were killed as they attempted to escape a jail during Brazil's World Cup match with Turkey.

At least 17 prisoners escaped--only four were recaptured--through a tunnel at about 6:30 a.m., a half-hour after Brazil's first game began, Sao Paulo police said.

During the escape, a group of men opened fire from outside the Provisional Detention Center in Osasco, on this city's outskirts, to distract guards.

Prison officials were conducting a recount to confirm the exact number of escapees.

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