17 killed in Papua New Guinea brazen jailbreak

Local media is reporting 57 others are still on the run after inmates from the Buimo jail in Lae escaped from the complex on Friday.

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JOHANNESBURG – Seventeen prisoners have been shot dead after a mass breakout at a jail in Papua New Guinea.

Local media is reporting that 57 others are still on the run.

Inmates from the Buimo jail in the pacific nation's second largest city, Lae, made a dash for freedom after breaking out of their compound on Friday; with prison warders opening fire.

It is the same prison where police shot dead 12 inmates during a jailbreak last year.