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6 Rohingya dead while escaping detention

International desk
More than 500 Rohingya refugees escaped from detention in Malaysia early Wednesday, April 20th, following a protest but most have been rearrested, immigration officials said.

Many Rohingyas arrive in Malaysia by boat after enduring harrowing, months-long sea journeys. Those that are caught are often sent to detention centres, which rights groups say are typically overcrowded and filthy.

A total of 528 people from the Muslim minority group fled a centre in Kedah state at 4:30 am (2030 GMT Tuesday), April 19th. the country's immigration chief Khairul Dzaimee Daud said.

"A total of 362 detainees have been rearrested. 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.

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, different offices and the general population are chasing after the prisoners actually absent.

Relatively affluent, Muslim-majority Malaysia is a key destination for Rohingyas fleeing persecution in their predominantly Buddhist homeland or refugee camps in Bangladesh.

More than 100,000 Rohingyas live on the margins of society in the country, working illegally in construction and other low-paid jobs.

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