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Greek police hunt immigrants after detention centre riot

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Greek police are still searching for 10 illegal immigrants who escaped from a holding centre in Athens after a riot late on Saturday night.

A protest over the extension of their detention turned violent as inmates clashed with police and security guards.

The detainees hurled water bottles and set fire to rubbish bags and mattresses.

Greece, struggling to exit its worst financial crisis in decades, has become a frontier for immigrants mainly from Asia and Africa, who seek a better life in Europe but often end up living in cramped detention centres.