Trentotto prigionieri repubblicani evasero dalla prigione di massima sicurezza di Maze, in Irlanda del Nord.
Una guardia carceraria rimase uccisa ed un’altra gravemente ferita durante l’evasione potrata a termine dai prigionieri dell’Irish Republican Army detenuti nella prigione vicino Lisburn.
I prigionieri fecero entrare di nascosto pistole e coltelli per sopraffare le guardie carcerarie prima di sequestrare un camion di trasporto del cibo, grazie al quale uscirono dal cancello principale di Maze.
Una guardia cercò senza successo di bloccare l’ingresso della prigione con la sua autovettura, ma i repubblicani risposero con violenza e nel corso dell’evasione una guardia carceraria fu accoltellato a morte. Ad un’altra guardia spararono alla testa e finì in ospedale.
25th September 1983: Dozens escape in Maze break-out
Thirty-eight prisoners have escaped from a high-security jail in Northern Ireland.
One prison officer has been killed and another seriously injured during the mass break-out of Republican inmates from the Maze jail near Lisburn.
Ten of the prisoners – who were all from Block H7 – were recaptured in the first few hours, but the remainder are still on the run.
Security forces mounted the biggest search operation Northern Ireland has ever seen within minutes of the escape.
The prisoners used smuggled guns and knives to overpower staff before hijacking a food lorry which they used to drive to the main gate.
An officer unsuccessfully attempted to block the entrance to the County Antrim prison with his own car.
But the armed Republicans responded with violence and during the course of the escape one prison officer was stabbed to death. Another was shot in the head and is in hospital.
Several of the men who escaped hijacked private cars when they were outside the prison.
Soldiers and police have now sealed the area and set up checkpoints on all roads within five miles of the prison.
Reports say four were discovered in a river close to the prison, underwater and breathing through reeds.
The escape is the largest in Northern Ireland’s history and the biggest at the “H-blocks” since 1974 when 30 Republicans tunnelled out of the complex.