INDIAN POLICE SHOOT DEAD EIGHT ISLAMISTS AFTER PRISON ESCAPE
Indian police shot dead eight Islamist prisoners who had escaped from jail hours earlier on Monday by using knotted bedsheets to scale the walls, officials said. The men, members of a banned militant group awaiting trial, fled the high security jail in the early hours in the city of Bhopal, in Madhya Pradesh state, after slitting the throat of a prison officer. Police tracked the armed men down after local villagers reported suspicious movements, surrounded them outside the city and shot all eight dead, inspector general of police Yogesh Choudhary told Reuters. The escaped prisoners "fired on the police party first" he said.