Five of seven escaped convicts recaptured in Evros hours after breakout

Five of the seven convicts who escaped from a holding center in Evros, northeastern Greece, on Sunday have been recaptured.

Police said on Monday that three of the escapees, an Algerian, an Egyptian and an Iraqi, were caught by Turkish authorities as they tried to swim across the Evros River.

Two convicts were found by Greek police in the village of Poros, near the Feres holding center from which they escaped.

Searches are continuing for the other two escapees.

The convicts are thought to have used a file to saw their way through the bars on their cell window early on Sunday. Their escape is likely to have been arranged by a Turkish human trafficker, police said.

Seven policemen have been suspended pending an investigation into the breakout.

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