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Greek policeman killed in fire exchange with prison escapees


15:51, June 17, 2013

ATHENS, June 17 (Xinhua) -- A Greek policeman was killed in a fire exchange with a group of prison escapees in central Greece early Monday during a manhunt, according to local police.

The victim is a 37-year old father of two children who was shot by an AK-47 rifle when he and his colleagues approached a car to check the driver's license at a roadblock set up at Boeotia prefecture, some 150 kilometers western of Athens. He died at the hospital where he was transferred.

Police forces are continuing the search to trace the total of five suspects who managed to escape. According to police sources, the armed men are believed to be convicts who escaped from a central Greece prison complex during a jail break in March.

Local police forces were on alert over the past few hours after a tip that the escapees had stolen a car in the area.

The same group has been linked to the death of a 25-year-old woman driver during a chase near Korinthos at the Peloponnese peninsula in early April. She was fatally shot in a fire exchange between police and the escapees.

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