21 asylum seekers escape from Ħal Far detention centre

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

A group of asylum seekers have escaped from Ħal Far detention centre, on Saturday morning.

A police spokesperson confirmed that a search was underway.

The incident happened at around 8 am.

In a statement the Home Affairs Ministry said that during the routine morning checks, detention service officers realised that 21 asylum seekers held at the Ħal Far Detention Centre were missing.

The Ministry said that these individuals had run away from the centre after they caused ‘damage’ to one of the walls of the centre.

The detention service officers informed the police.

A search for the escapees is underway.