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Russian migrant freed by armed men

Russian migrant freed by armed men

Published: 21 Nov 2011 08:01 GMT+01:00
Updated: 21 Nov 2011 08:01 GMT+01:00

A Russian man was freed from the Migration Board's (Migrationsverket) detention centre in Gävle in northern Sweden on Sunday by a group of armed men.

According to staff reports, shots were fired during the break out.

"A rope appeared over the fence and into the exercise yard where there were two members of staff. I don't know at this point exactly how many inmates there were. When one of them climbed up the rope an employee tried to stop him, but then a person appeared on the fence with a pistol-like object. The staff member then let go and ran away and thought he heard shots," said Jürgen Büttner at the centre.

"The staff are feeling okay under the circumstances," he said to news agency TT later in the evening.

Inmates at the detention centre are offered the chance to exercise twice a day, for a total of three hours. Escapes have happened, but never with weapons involved.

The centre is located in the Södertull area of the city and all of those held there have been issued with a deportation order.

"It is very probable that this is the reason behind the escape," said Büttner.

Witnesses reported seeing the inmate and the gang run several hundred metres to a waiting car, according to Peter Hultqvist at the local police.

Police investigators are continuing their examination of the location on Monday.

"Most indications are that the shots were not live rounds," said Hultqvist.

TT/The Local/pvs (news@thelocal.se)

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08:44 November 21, 2011 by crunchy2k
This is good material for 'Wallander.'
11:23 November 21, 2011 by Borilla
Wallender is senile and living out his life in an old peoples' home where he gets to wear the same diaper for several days and watch TV. The question is, how many of the current force are suffering from the same problem.
11:24 November 21, 2011 by DAVID T
He thought he heard shots?
12:26 November 21, 2011 by Jes
Some day , some one will have to close that place down . It is a silent torture chamber where people are dumped and humiliated . The only difference between these "dentation centres" and Guantanamo in Cuba are that one keeps terrostist while the other holds rejectees.
12:28 November 21, 2011 by johnny1939
About time to arm the guards. I never thought that I would miss the old Sovjet Union but I do. One at least knew who one's enemies were and the crooks were held w/n their borders(most of the time) now they are all over us.
12:34 November 21, 2011 by karex
electrify the fence...
13:49 November 21, 2011 by Jes
@johnney 1939

you mean that the guards should be armed with batoons like the one that was used to kill one woman guard recently ?
14:53 November 21, 2011 by asee
middle eastern migrant fault? if not, lets make it...
15:35 November 21, 2011 by hatim
I wonder if the guards in this center were as "responsive" as rest of this "efficient" organization.
15:47 November 21, 2011 by RobinHood
If you dont want to go through the awful treatment dished out to illegal immigrants in Sweden, then dont enter Sweden illegally. As old lags used to say, if you cant do the time, dont do the crime.
21:23 November 21, 2011 by martiancat
and then Northern Sweden welcomes 900 russian immigrants?! YAY for god know what word would even start descibing this mess
21:51 November 21, 2011 by matona1
lets live together in love not in detention
01:31 November 22, 2011 by Grokh
russian mafia....
06:12 November 22, 2011 by virgoman
Does Michael Scofield live in Sweden? I guess special agent Mahone should be called right away! ahahahhaa
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