Papua New Guinea police shoot and kill 11 prisoners after prison breakout

February 26, 2016 09:16

Police in Papua New Guinea shot and killed 11 prisoners and wounded 17 after a mass prison breakout in the Pacific nation's second largest city, PNG media outlet EMTV reported on Friday (February 26).

More than 30 prisoners attacked two guards at the Buimo prison in Lae, nearly 320 km (200 miles) north of the Papua New Guinea capital, Port Moresby, before escaping, EMTV said.

It was not clear how many prisoners were unaccounted for, the station said.

In 2009, 73 prisoners cut through two fences to escape from the same facility, the Australian Broadcasting Corp reported.

Papua New Guinea, formerly administered by its near-neighbor Australia, struggles with endemic violence and poverty. The Australian government warns of "high levels of serious crime" on its travel advice website and refers to a "general atmosphere of lawlessness".

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