Wed, 02 Dec 2020

COPENHAGEN, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- Peter Madsen, a Danish man convicted of murdering a Swedish journalist on his self-built submarine in 2017, briefly escaped from prison Tuesday before police recaptured him.

Local police confirmed on Twitter that Madsen, who was sentenced to life in prison in 2018, had been "arrested and removed from the scene" after being surrounded by police officers.

According to local media, Madsen had taken a prison employee hostage and used objects resembling a gun and a bomb belt to force his way out of the prison.

Police later confirmed that "nothing indicates that the belt contained explosives," according to local media.

Danish Justice Minister Nick Haekkerup tweeted that the escape attempt is "very serious," and that the ministry is planning to step up measures to prevent future prison escapes.

Madsen, a 49-year-old submarine enthusiast, was convicted of murdering, sexually mutilating and dismembering 30-year-old journalist Kim Wall as she interviewed him aboard his submarine in a Copenhagen harbor.

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