Greece: 2 fugitives shot dead in major manhunt after breaking out of prison

Police in Greece say two fugitives have been shot dead in western Greece following a major manhunt for a gang of five Albanian armed robbers who broke out of a prison in March.

A statement from the national police says the two were killed in a firefight with police special forces shortly after nightfall Tuesday in a mountainous area near the city of Agrinio, which lies about 300 kilometers (185 miles) west of Athens. Their names were not released.

The fugitives broke out of Trikala prison in central Greece on March 22, after accomplices from the outside attacked guards with grenades and automatic weapons. The five escapees also are suspected in a subsequent bank robbery and the murder of a police officer last month.