Two escape from secure migrant facility in Merkplas

Two residents have escaped from the secure migrant facility at Merksplas in Antwerp Province. The Local Police Service reports that the two men escaped from the facility on Saturday evening. A large scale search operation has been launched to try and catch the fugitives.  

The Mayor of Merksplas Frank Wilrycx (liberal) told journalists that “Trackers dogs were used and they followed the escapees’ scent but the trail reached a dead end. The police presume that the two got into a car somewhere".  

The two fugitives are known to the police for low-level criminal activity.