3 Jun 2014

Hunt on for Vanuatu prison escapees

8:02 am on 3 June 2014

Two prisoners are still on the run in Vanuatu after five other escapees surrendered to police.

Vanuatu's Deputy Commissioner of Police had earlier warned the prisoners to surrender, saying otherwise they would be hunted down by Vanuatu Mobile Officers and shot.

On Friday, the seven high-risk offenders escaped after assaulting a security guard with an iron pin and then locking the officer in the cell and escaping with the key.

About two years ago, a similar group of escapees was given time to surrender and while some did, one who did not was shot and killed.