Three inmates - one sentenced to death - escape in rare jailbreak in China
Three inmates, including one sentenced to death, escaped in a rare jailbreak in China after killing a guard.
The escape from Yanshou county jail outside the city of Harbin took place about 6am local time yesterday, according to a report on the website of the Communist Party's People's Daily newspaper.
Armed police are searching for the fugitives, it said.
One of the men, 50-year-old Gao Yulun, had been sentenced to death, the report said. The other two, 35-year-old Wang Damin and 29-year-old Li Haiwei, were charged, respectively, with assault leading to death and murder, although it was not clear whether they had gone on trial yet.
The three donned police jackets and shirts as they left the jail, the report said.
Chinese jails and prisons are run along strict lines and escapes are extremely rare.
China imprisons are far smaller percentage of its population than the US - 118 per 100,000 people compared to America's 737 per 100,000.
However, punishments are often harsh and China is believed to execute more people for crimes each year than the rest of the world combined.