Depot riot: 165 out of 528 escapees still on the loose, says DG

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 20 Apr 2022

KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 363 out of 528 undocumented migrants, who escaped from the temporary Immigration depot in Sungai Bakap, Penang, have been rearrested.

Immigration director-general Datuk Seri Khairul Dzaimee Daud said the detainees had earlier escaped the depot at about 4.30am on Wednesday (April 20).

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"They broke doors and grills to the block before escaping.

"Officers on duty had alerted the police and relevant agencies on the escape," he said in a statement on Wednesday.

As of 10am, 362 detainees have been rearrested, he said.

"We are actively looking for the remaining detainees with the help of the police and Rela," he said.

Khairul Dzaimee urged those with information to contact the Immigration or the police as soon as possible.

He confirmed that six detainees, instead of ten as reported earlier, had died while trying to escape.

“They were hit by a passing vehicle while crossing the road,” he said.

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