EC police hunt for escaped prisoners

11 inmates escaped from the Barkly East Prison the in the Eastern Cape, four have since been captured.

FILE PICTURE: Prison.

EASTERN CAPE - A task team has been setup to hunt down several men who escaped from the Barkly East Prison.

A correctional services official was shot dead when 11 inmates took warders hostage at the weekend.

Four of the escaped inmates have been recaptured.

Correctional services' spokesperson Logan Maistry said, "We wish the officials injured during the hostage incident a speedy recovery. We commend the police for the swift arrest of four detainees, and call upon them to leave no stone unturned."