Six undocumented Uighurs are on the run after escaping from detention at the immigration office in the Northeast town of Mukdahan on Tuesday evening.
Police said seven Uighurs being held in the cell had escaped at 7pm but one was captured soon after.
Police said the Uighurs had asked the immigration officer manning the detention room to fetch something from their confiscated belongings. When he complied, the Uighurs fled through the door of their cell, which had been left unlocked.
Police have launched a manhunt for the escapees.