Malaysian police track down drug rehabilitation center escapees

14:32, June 10, 2011      

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Malaysian police are tracking down 43 trainees who escaped from a drug rehabilitation centre after they rioted and set fire to the building here in the country's southern state of Johor on Thursday night, according to state news agency, Bernama.

District police chief Salleh Abdul Razak said on Friday the riot on Thursday night saw trainees setting fire to the rehabilitation centre's administrative building and dining hall, overturning cars belonging to the officers parked in the centre's compound and smashing the vehicles' windscreens.

Police said there were 377 trainees when the incident happened, 43 of them fled the scene when the police arrived after the riot.

The cause of the riot was still unknown.

This was the second riot that happened at the centre in 11 years.

Two weeks ago, two trainees of the drug rehabilitation centre were reported to have escaped, one of them was captured.

Source: Xinhua
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