EC police hunt 3 prison escapees

Two of the suspects were apprehended for armed robbery earlier this year, while the third man is wanted for rape and murder.

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CAPE TOWN - A search is underway for three awaiting trial prisoners who escaped from the Elliotdale Police Station over the weekend.

The trio apparently overpowered two policemen who were conducting cell inspections.

Two of the suspects were apprehended for armed robbery earlier this year, while the third man is wanted for rape and murder.

The police’s Dineo Koena says: “One of them requested to go and fetch something at the registration area and the other two followed, that’s when they managed to lock in the members and they fled.

"We request anybody that knows them, that they don’t arrest them as that is dangerous.”

An internal inquiry into the escape has also been launched.