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Attempted prison escape leaves at least 21 dead

12 April 2018

An attempted prison escape in northern Brazil left at least 21 dead, authorities reported. The incident was instigated by a "strongly armed external group," according to the State Secretariat for Public Security and Social Defense. Explosives were used and shootouts occurred, authorities said. The Superintendency of the State Penitentiary System said that an investigation was underway.