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TheDailyBeast: The Greatest Prison Escapes

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Maze Prison, Northern Ireland (1983)

In September 1983, 38 inmates—most of whom were members of the IRA, jailed for politically motivated crimes—escaped the maximum security HM Prison Maze in Northern Ireland. Surrounded by 15-foot walls topped with barbed wire, the Maze was considered one of the highest-security prisons in Europe. Seizing control of the prison through the use of six smuggled handguns, the escapees used extreme violence, which included stabbing and beating the guards, to reach the outside. From there they hijacked a van and drove to freedom. The escape left several guards injured and at least one dead. In this largest-scale escape Northern Ireland had ever seen, more than half the prisoners were recaptured shortly afterward.



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