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Prisoners Flee Penitentiary With Five Hostages

September 25, 1987

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) _ Seven prisoners on Thursday drove out of a penitentiary in northeastern Brazil with five hostages, including the prison director, after receiving weapons and cars from police to end a four-hour rebellion.

Police handed over two rifles, three revolvers, ammunition and two cars with full gas tanks to end the rebellion at the Anibal penitentiary in the coastal town of Recife, 1,635 miles northeast of Rio.

The inmates took a road heading into the interior of Pernambuco state and promised to release a prisoner evry 45 miles, police said.

There was no information as to whether any of the hostages had been released.

The rebellion began during recreation hour at the penitentiary, when prisoners armed with guns and knives grabbed prison director Severiano Santos and four guards and demanded the means to escape, said police officer Cintra de Oliveira.

″No one wants a rebellion or to hurt anyone, we just want to be free,″ one inmate told Globo, the nation’s largest private television network.

One of the hostages, a policeman and a prisoner were injured by bullets in an exchange of gunfire between inmates and police shortly after the rebellion began, though none was hurt seriously.

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