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Quebec police search for escaped inmate serving time for 2nd-degree murder

Yacine Zouaoui is shown in Quebec provincial police photo. Quebec provincial police are asking for help in locating a 32-year-old inmate who escaped from a federal training detention centre in the Montreal-area. HO-Sûreté du Québec/The Canadian Press

Editor’s note: This is a corrected story. A previous version, based on information provided by the police, had inaccurate information about Zouaoui’s physical description.

Quebec provincial police are asking for help in locating a 32-year-old inmate who escaped from a minimum security federal detention centre north of Montreal.

Yacine Zouaoui, who was serving an indeterminate sentence for second-degree murder and assault causing bodily injury, was noticed missing from the Federal Training Centre in Laval at around 10: 45 p.m. on Thursday.

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Zouaoui was convicted in the 2011 fatal stabbing of a 43-year-old man in Burnaby, B.C.

He is 6 feet 1 inch tall, weighs 186 pounds and has a dark complexion, brown eyes, brown hair and visible tattoos, including a teardrop under his left eye and three dots in the web of his left hand.

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Police say Zouaoui was last seen wearing a light-coloured top, jeans and black sneakers.

Zouaoui is thought to be travelling on foot, but police say he may try to hitchhike.

They are asking anyone who sees him to call 911 and not approach him.

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