15 Apr 2013

Large group of escaped prisoners on the run in PNG

9:10 am on 15 April 2013

Twenty one prison escapees are on the run in Papua New Guinea, prompting police to warn residents to take caution.

Police say 41 prisoners dashed for freedom from Buimo prison in Lae and one was shot dead during the police chase.

Nineteen other prisoners were apprehended with the assistance of the corrections staff.

PNG Village reports the escapees include remandees and criminals and are deemed a dangerous threat to communities in the Province.

Police are now appealing to the public to come forward with more information about the 21 who are now on the run.