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Dutch police foil high-security prison break

Dutch law enforcement agents managed to apprehend the suspects after involving German police. The Netherlands has witnessed brazen prison break attempts in recent years, including one using a hijacked helicopter.

Dutch police on Sunday arrested four people suspected of involvement in a botched prison break at a high-security facility.

"Several persons tried to breach the prison, but the attempt was foiled," Dutch police said in a statement. "The suspects' involvement in the escape attempt is being probed."

Authorities were alerted to the possible prison break after a delivery van was set alight in the facility's parking lot.

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Germany joins manhunt

The four suspects were apprehended following a cross-agency effort that brought together Dutch border police, detectives and even the German police.

Dutch police said "no one escaped."

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Police behind a cordon at a prison facility

Local media said the prison break attempt targeted a high-profile gang boss

Turf wars

Local media suggested that the breakout attempt targeted a man by the name of Omar L., who was reportedly jailed for life for involvement in two murders and three attempted murders.

A turf war between rival gangs in vying for power for Amsterdam's lucrative black market has led to more than 20 killings. In 2017, police shot dead a man and arrested several others for attempting a prison break using a stolen helicopter.

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ls/kl (AFP, Reuters)

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