Four escapees from Buiebi prison in Southern Highlands Province who took part in the mass break out yesterday have been shot dead.
Southern Highlands Provincial Police Commander Joseph Puri told PNG HAUSBUNG this afternoon that 47 escaped but four were shot, one has been recaptured and 42 are still on the run.
Police and Correctional Services officers are on the lookout now.
The call is on the public and the villagers around Buiebi and Asisa areas to keep eyes out for the 42 escapees.
Meanwhile, PMVs and private vehicle owners are also being urged to scrutinise people, especially males asking for lifts at uninhabited areas along the highway between Mendi Munihu and Imbongu Districts.
We will keep you posted on this story as more updates come in.