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  • Police officers search for evidence in front of a prison near the city of Trikala, central Greece, on Saturday, March 23, 2013. At least 11 inmates escaped from a Greek prison after gunmen brazenly attacked the site with grenades and automatic weapons, kicking off a nightlong standoff between police and prisoners. Two guards were injured, one of them seriously. The attack was the latest dramatic incident at Greek prisons, which are suffering from serious overcrowding and staff shortages as the country struggles through financial crisis and a recession that started in late 2008.(AP Photo/Nikolas Giakoumidis)

Sunday, March 24, 2013 6:09 pm

3rd of 11 escapees nabbed by Greek police


Police in this central Greece city say they have caught a third prisoner who escaped along with 10 fellow inmates after gunmen attacked their holding facility as part of an escape plot.

A police officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not allowed to brief media on details of an ongoing investigation, told The Associated Press that police consider the arrested individual the mastermind of the escape.

The escape from the Trikala Holding Facility west of Larissa occurred Friday evening. It involved outsiders attacking the prison with machine guns and hand grenades. Two guards were injured, one seriously; he is still in intensive care.

All 11 escapees are Albanian nationals. Two were caught Saturday. All of the escapees were convicted of crimes such as armed robbery.