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Murderer flees jail using rope of knotted sheets

Police have launched a manhunt after an inmate serving life for murder broke out of prison in Palermo, Sicily, on Wednesday using a rope of knotted sheets.

Murderer flees jail using rope of knotted sheets
The prisoner escaped from a jail in Palermo using knotted sheets. Photo: Portogaround/Flickr

The 36-year-old Albanian man broke the bars of his cell at Pagliarelli prison and climbed down the wall on the rope of knotted sheets, Il Fatto Quotidiano reported.

The man, said to have a criminal history of murder, burglary and extortion, also managed to escape from prison in Parma in February last year, and was found shortly after, according to a report on Rai News.

He was transferred to the Palermo prison in March this year.

In February, two men in jail for robbery also adopted the sheets tactic, and managed to escape from prison in Rome.

READ MORE HERE: Robbers break out of jail using knotted sheets

In December, two killers escaped after being granted day release.

One of them was serial killer Bartolomeo Gagliano, who is now back in prison in Genoa after being caught in southern France a few days after his escape.

READ MORE HERE: Escaped serial killer sent back to Italy

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ROME

‘Bank robber’ rescued in Rome after tunnel collapses

Four people were arrested in Rome after a suspected would-be bank robber was rescued from a tunnel under a road, police said on Friday.

'Bank robber' rescued in Rome after tunnel collapses

An Italian man had to be rescued after becoming trapped in a collapsed tunnel near the Vatican, suspected of being part of a gang burrowing its way to a nearby bank.

Firefighters spent eight hours digging him out from under a road in the west of Rome, before he was finally freed on Thursday evening and taken to hospital.

“Two people from Naples were arrested for resisting a public official and two, from Rome, for damage” to public property, a police spokesman told AFP.

The rescued man, one of the two Romans, remains in hospital, he said without giving an update on his condition.

“We are still investigating, we do not exclude that they are thieves, it is one of the theories,” he said.

For Italian newspapers, however, the motive was clear, with reports noting the tunnel was found near a bank ahead of the August 15th long weekend, when residents traditionally head out of town and much of Rome is left empty.

“The hole gang,” headlined newspapers Repubblica and Corriere della Sera, while La Stampa said: “They dig a tunnel to rob a bank, and one of them is buried underground.”

Other reports referred to the suspected burglar as l’uomo-talpa, or ‘mole man’.

An AFP reporter at the scene on Thursday saw the man brought out alive on a stretcher, after a day-long operation involving dozens of emergency service workers using mechanical diggers.

The tunnel began underneath an empty shop that had recently been rented.

“We all thought that the people there were renovating the place. So we had no suspicions and we did not hear noises either,” a resident, Michele, who lives in the same building told AFP.

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