Two Albanian inmates escaped in the first hours of Tuesday from the psychiatric ward of the Korydallos prison near Piraeus, and three guards were suspended after the incident.

The inmates cut the bars of the window in the first-floor psychiatric cell with a file and descended to the courtyard on the back side of the building on sheets they had knotted together.

Police have launched a search for the two escaped inmates, while the justice ministry has ordered a Sworn Administrative Inquiry (EDE).

A police officer and two guards at the psychiatric ward have been placed on suspension.