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'Pink Panther' member escapes from Swiss jail

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'Pink Panther' member escapes from Swiss jail

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A convicted jewel thief has escaped from a Swiss prison after a group of armed men forced their way in and fired at guards.

Poparic Milan, a member of the so-called “Pink Panther” gang fled from the jail in canton of Vaud on Thursday night, along with another prisoner.

The Pink Panthers are said to have staged around 340 robberies on luxury stores in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the United States since 1999. Interpol say the gang has made off with luxury items worth 330 million euros.