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41 prisoners escape from Matamoros jail

Orlando Saucedo-Pinta takes questions from reporters

Tamaulipas state officials have confirmed the escape of at least 41 prisoners from a jail in Matamoros.

Authorities confirmed that the prisoners were being held at the "Centro de Ejecucin de Sanciones" in Matamoros.

Orlando Saucedo-Pinta with the Tamaulipas Department of Public Safety (SSP) confirmed that the jailbreak took place between 4 and 5 a.m. Thursday.

Details about the mass escape were not available but Saucedo-Pinta said in a written statement that two prison guards are also missing.

According to Saucedo-Pinta, the guards were identified as Jose Angel Reyes-Segovia and Agapito Uvalle-Escalante.

Authorities did not release the names of the 41 prisoners who escaped but said 38 of them were held at the state-run jail for federal crimes.

Saucedo-Pinta reported that the jail's director Jaime Cano-Gallardo has been dismissed from his post and is now under investigation.

The jailbreak remains under investigation.

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