Hundreds of Rohingya escape Malaysia detention, six dead

Hundreds of Rohingya escape Malaysia detention, six dead

Hundreds of Rohingya escape Malaysia detention, six dead

Hundreds of Rohingya escape Malaysia detention, six dead

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Hundreds of Rohingya migrants from Myanmar broke out of a detention centre in northern Malaysia on Wednesday with six killed on a dual carriageway as they escaped, authorities said.

Many Rohingya arrive in Malaysia by means of boat after enduring harrowing, months-long sea trips. Those that are caught are frequently sent to detention centres, which rights organizations say are typically overcrowded and filthy.

A total of 528 humans from the Muslim minority institution fled a centre in Kedah state at 4 :30 am (2030 GMT Tuesday), the state immigration chief Khairul Dzaimee Daud said.

“A total of 362 detainees have been re-arrested. The search for the remaining detainees is continuing,” he said in a statement.

They broke through a door and barriers at the temporary immigration centre, he added.

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Six of the detainees were killed as they sought to cross a highway after escaping, said Penang state police chief Mohamad Shuhaily Mohamad Zain.

Those killed were two adult men, two adult women, one girl and one boy, he said.

Police, other agencies and the public are hunting for the detainees still missing.

Relatively prosperous, Muslim-majority Malaysia is a key vacation spot for Rohingya fleeing persecution in their predominantly Buddhist native land or refugee camps in Bangladesh.

More than 100,000 Rohingya live at the margins of society inside the country operating illegally in the creation and different low-paid jobs.

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