Six prison inmates who tried to escape from a prison in Taiwan have committed suicide. They had seized weapons from the armoury at a Taiwan jail and took the warden and top guard hostage. They committed suicide after an overnight standoff, it was disclosed on Thursday.
Deputy Justice Minister Chen Ming-tang said in comments broadcast on Taiwanese television said “the six inmates all committed suicide” , adding they had shot themselves.
Media reports said the prisoners in the port city of Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan pretended to seek medical attention on Wednesday afternoon, February 11, 2015 – and took several guards hostage as they attempted to escape. They took rifles, pistols and bullets from the prison armoury.
Authorities attempted to negotiate with them while hundreds of armed police surrounded the prison.