8 Jun 2010

Indonesian police hunt for 26 escaped prisoners from Papua prison

8:59 am on 8 June 2010

Indonesian police are searching for 26 prisoners who escaped from jail in Indonesia's Papua province -- the second such breakout in less than a month.

The inmates, serving a maximum of 17 years behind bars, tied together bed sheets and clothing to scale the two and half metre fence surrounding the Abepura prison in the provincial capital of Jayapura over the weekend.

The chief warden told the Jakarta Post that lazy guards were to blame for the escape as only three turned up to work that day but seven were scheduled to work.

Authorities set up roadblocks across the city and stepped up security along the border with Papua New Guinea.

Last month, 18 prisoners escaped from the same jail.

Only two were recaptured.