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Escaped Islamist prisoners killed in a shoot-out in India

Escaped Islamist prisoners killed in a shoot-out in IndiaEight suspected Islamists were shot dead by police after they escaped from a high security jail in India by slitting the throat of a prison guard, AFP reported on Monday.

The members of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) had staged an overnight breakout from the prison in Bhopal by attacking a prison guard with sharpened steel plates before tying together bedsheets to scale several walls. The inmates were housed in the same cell and staged the break-out some time between midnight and 2:00 am after overpowering the guard.

"All of them were killed in a shoot-out on the outskirts of Bhopal. We asked them to surrender but they tried to break the police cordon," Yogesh Choudhary, Bhopal's inspector general of police, told AFP.

Most of the prisoners, who are accused of being members of the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), have been in custody awaiting trial for "terror related activities" for the last three years, although two of them were only detained in February.
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