Rabat – Five out of the seven prisoners in juvenile detention who escaped from Salé 1 prison on Sunday have been arrested, according to a statement released by Morocco’s General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) on Tuesday.
The operation for arresting the inmates began immediately after their escape, according to the DGSN, which added that one of them was arrested near the prison and another one at his family home in Rabat.
The other three prisoners were arrested Monday night in the region of Laayayda, near the city of Salé.
The operations of arresting the two other defendants is still ongoing, the DGSN said.
Following the escape of the prisoners, the General Commission for the Management of Prisons and Reintegration issued a communiqué, saying that the prisoners pretended to fight among themselves in order to attract the prison guards. When one of the guardians attempted to intervene, they assaulted him, taking the keys from him before attacking the other guardians to seize the rest of the keys.
The guardians were immediately transferredto the hospital to receive medical treatment, with one of them in serious condition, according to the commission.