Malaysia cops launch manhunt as prison escape story spices up
AFPKUALA LUMPUR -- Seven Malaysians who escaped police custody this week did so by temporarily blinding a guard with chili powder hidden in one of the escapee's underpants, police and press reports said Wednesday.
January 10, 2013, 12:04 am TWN
The escape Monday of the seven men — whom police have called “dangerous criminals” — has prompted a large-scale manhunt in the northern Malaysian state of Penang.
But the seven escapees remained at large after their daring break-out from a police van as they were being transported to a local court.
The detainees had staged a fight in the vehicle, prompting its driver to pull over, police have said.
When police opened the rear door to investigate, “they threw chili powder on a policeman,” Abdul Rahman Ibrahim, a local police official, told AFP, as other detainees attacked and injured his fellow guards.
Abdul Rahman declined to elaborate on the use of the spices, but press reports have said one of the men had concealed the chili powder in his underwear.
The Star quoted an unnamed source saying the powder could have been from the spicy seasoning sachets found in instant noodle packets that are sometimes provided to detainees by family members during visits.