24 Oct 2017

Manhunt continues for armed robbers in Solomon Islands

2:52 pm on 24 October 2017

The Solomon Islands police are looking for two men accused of carrying out an armed robbery who escaped from court last week.

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Photo: RNZ/Koroi Hawkins

The pair were allegedly involved in a robbery at Panatina Ridge earlier this month.

The men were charged at Honiara Magistrates Court but escaped before police were able to take them back to jail.

The assistant police commissioner, Gwen Ratu, said the immediate focus was on recapturing the men but an investigation will also look into how they escaped.

The men are 29-year-old Frank Firimolea and 24-year-old Eric Nathaniel Jr.

The escapees are considered dangerous and police are warning people not to approach them but to report any sightings to them.