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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Escapees Caught in Chukotka




Police and soldiers safely captured three armed fugitives on the Chukotka peninsula Tuesday on the fifth day of an extensive manhunt for theescaped prisoners in Russia's far northeast.


The three men, two soldiers and a civilian, were found hiding in abandoned buildings 60 kilometers from the nearest settlement in the remote arctic region, said a duty officer at the Mys Schmidta settlement's police station.


The fugitives were among 11 prisoners who killed a police guard and stole dozens of weapons while breaking out of jail Friday. They fled in stolen trucks into the arctic tundra.


Two escapees were killed and six captured Friday in a battle with police and troops who pursued them in helicopters. Two policemen also were killed.


Police and soldiers used helicopters to hunt for the three who got away, but they were hampered by fog, rain and snow.


The fugitives were captured Tuesday without further bloodshed, the duty officer said. The searchers had been authorized to shoot them on sight if necessary.


All 11 escapees were being held on serious charges, including murder and rape.