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MEXICO CITY (AFP) – A gang rammed several cars into a prison in central Mexico and escaped with nine inmates on Wednesday in one of the most dramatic hacking incidents the country has seen in recent years.

Authorities in Hidalgo state, just north of Mexico City, said in a statement that the pre-dawn attack left two police officers with gunshot wounds.

State police said soldiers, police and National Guard troops were deployed in search of the escaped prisoners. The police did not identify the armed gang involved in the escape from the prison.

“An armed group stormed the prison with several cars, and it is worth noting that near the prison, two vehicles were burned as part of the criminal group’s operation, in order to distract attention,” said the state’s Minister of the Interior, Simon Vargas.

And local media reported that the burning cars that were found in the city of Tula after the attack were booby-trapped. Authorities said they were investigating how the vehicles caught fire.

The use of car bombs by gangs in Mexico has been extremely rare, with one such attack in the northern border city of Ciudad Juarez in 2010 killing three people.

But gangs in Mexico often ignite vehicles to distract police, and cars can appear to explode as soon as the flames reach their gas tanks.

Tula has a large oil refinery and the area has been plagued by gangs of thieves who drill illegal taps in government-owned pipelines to extract gasoline and diesel.

It was not clear whether fuel thieves were among the escaped prisoners. Authorities said the fugitives faced charges of murder and kidnapping, among other things. Prosecutor Alejandro Habib said that a large number of people took part in the attack, which appeared to be highly planned.

Mexico has seen some amazing prison breaks in the past.

In 2015, imprisoned drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán escaped through a mile-long tunnel dug specifically for him on a specially modified motorcycle that runs on steel rails. He was later arrested and extradited and is serving a prison sentence in the United States.

In 2012, more than 130 inmates escaped from a border prison in the town of Piedras Negras, across from Eagle Pass, Texas, through a tunnel.

In 2010, in the northern border state of Tamaulipas, 141 inmates walked out of a prison service entrance used by vehicles, presumably with the help of prison staff.

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