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Twenty Uighurs flee Thai cell

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BANGKOK (Reuters) – Twenty ethnic Uighur Muslims from China broke out of a detention centre near the Thai-Malaysia border, Thai officials said yesterday. The 20 were part of the last remaining group of more than 200 Uighurs who were detained in 2014. Twenty-five Uighurs dug through their cell wall using broken tiles and then used blankets to climb out of the cell to make their dramatic escape from the detention centre in Thailand’s Songkhla province, immigration officials said. Five were caught but the rest fled, officials said. Authorities have set up checkpoints along the border.

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