BREAKING NEWS: Ecuador declares state of emergency, curfew after druglord escapes prison.

Ecuador has declared a state of emergency after an “extremely dangerous” druglord escaped from maximum-security detention and unrest broke out at several prisons in the violence-plagued country.

President Daniel Noboa, in office since November, announced a 60-day mobilisation of soldiers in Ecuador’s streets and prisons as authorities searched for Jose Adolfo Macias, alias Fito.

There would also be a curfew from 11pm (04:00 GMT) to 5am (10:00 GMT) daily, the president said.

The state of emergency, Noboa said in a video on Instagram, would give members of the armed forces “all the political and legal support” they need to carry out their duties in a battle against what he described as “narcoterrorists”.

“We will not negotiate with terrorists nor rest until we return peace to all Ecuadorans,” Noboa said.

On Sunday, Fito, the leader of the powerful Los Choneros gang, was found missing by police conducting an inspection of a prison in the port city of Guayaquil.

The 44-year-old, who is said to have instilled terror in his fellow inmates, is believed to have escaped just hours before police arrived, according to presidency spokesperson Roberto Izurieta. He was apparently tipped off.

“The full force of the state is being deployed to find this extremely dangerous individual,” Izurieta told domestic television on Monday.

He said the prison system had failed and bemoaned “the level of infiltration” by criminal groups.

The prosecutor’s office, meanwhile, said it had opened an investigation and filed charges against two prison officials “allegedly involved in the escape” of Fito.

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