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Six escape from Swedish deportation centre

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17:49 CET+01:00
Six men went on the run on Sunday afternoon from the custody of the Swedish Migration Board in Kållered, south of Gothenburg. They escaped when a car smashed its way into a rest enclosure in the secure unit.

Police using dogs and a helicopter are hunting the refugees in the area.

Within an hour of the break-out, three of the men had been caught and taken back into custody.

"They were seized nearby," said Thomas Fuxborg, spokesman for Västra Götaland police, to TT.

The centre houses asylum seekers whose applications have more or less been rejected and who are awaiting deportation from Sweden. It is thought that the men wanted to avoid being sent back to their home countries.

"We are assuming that none of them is dangerous - there is nothing to indicate that they are," said Migration Board information officer Johan Rahm.

The car which was used in the escape was reported stolen in Gothenburg. It was left at the centre while the men escaped on foot.

"Three people and the person or people who drove the car are still on the run," said Fuxborg at around 3.30pm.

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