Ten Cuban migrants escape custody

A group of 10 Cuban migrants fled the Cayman Islands Immigration Detention Centre Friday morning, but were recaptured within several hours.

Deputy Chief Immigration Officer Gary Wong said the latest escape occurred around 8 a.m. Friday and that all 10 escapees had been rounded up by around 1 p.m.

The escapes occurred after detainees threw rocks at security guards and climbed the fence that surrounds the compound, officials said.

Friday’s escape was at least the fifth such incident to occur since March at the low-security detention facility, which currently holds 30 detainees.

The Ministry of Home Affairs announced Friday that it was enhancing security at the Immigration Detention Centre following the escapes.

Immigration authorities, in collaboration with the police and prison services, will work to supplement the efforts of the private company which is responsible for security at the detention center, the ministry said in a statement.

Migrants being held by immigration authorities in Cayman say they are unhappy with the length of time that it has taken for them to be processed to return to Cuba.

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