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32-year-old man serving life sentence for killing victim with sword escapes from Quebec prison

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An arrest warrant has been issued for 32-year-old Yacine Zouaoui, who was found missing on Thursday evening at the minimum-security Federal Training Centre in Laval, north of Montreal.


Quebec provincial police say they have reason to believe he may be in Ontario.


According to the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC), Zouaoui's disappearance was discovered at 10:45 p.m. and officers contacted both the Laval police (SPL) and the Sûreté du Québec (SQ).


Zouaoui is described as being 185 cm (6 feet 1 inch) tall and weighing 84 kg (186 pounds).


He has brown eyes, brown hair, and visible tattoos, including a teardrop under his left eye and three dots on the palm of his left hand.


He speaks English.


“The inmate is currently serving an indeterminate sentence for assault and premeditated murder,” the Correctional Service of Canada said Friday.


The verdict is related to a 2011 case in which Zouaoui, then 19, turned himself in to police for stabbing Zsolt Csikos in the back with a sword.


According to court documents, Zouaoui fled the scene and left the gun in a shopping mall before asking his uncle for advice.


“He then called the police, turned himself in and cooperated with the investigation,” the British Columbia Court of Appeal document states.


Anyone with information on Zouaoui's whereabouts is asked to contact the Sûreté du Quebec or call 911.


CSC said it was investigating the circumstances of the incident and working with police to locate Zouaoui as soon as possible.

– with files from Kelly Greig of CTV News Montreal