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September 25, 1983: The Maze Prison Escape

Today in 1983, Her Majesty's Prison Maze in County Antrim, Northern Ireland became the site of the largest prison break in UK history. HM Prison Maze was regarded as one of the most escape-proof maximum security prisons in Europe. It mostly housed paramilitary prisoners of the Provisional Irish Republican Army during the 30-odd year Troubles. Months of planning and the help of nearly 50 people were required to pull off the jail-break, which involved the hijacking of a large prison transport and the taking of several dozen prisoners of their own. Although 21 people were injured, the only casualty of the escape was a prison…

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