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34 Immigrants Break Out of Detention Center

June 28, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

Supporters of asylum seekers used a car to drag down fences at Australia's most notorious detention center, allowing 34 people to escape, the government said.

Immigration Minister Philip Ruddock said 15 asylum seekers were involved in a mass breakout from the Woomera detention center in southern Australia and that the other 19 took advantage of the confusion to flee into the desert.

A group calling itself Our Sacred Country claimed responsibility for the breakout.

Four activists have since been arrested and five escapees have been captured, officials said.

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