SOLOMON ISLANDS POLICE RECAPTURE ONE ESCAPEE AFTER MASS PRISON BREAK

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (August 28, 2001 – Radio Australia)---Police in the Solomon Island's capital of Honiara have recaptured one prisoner who was part of a mass escape from Rove Central Prison over the weekend.

Radio Australia correspondent Dorothy Wickham reports.

"Fourteen inmates escaped from the prison between 10 o'clock Saturday night and 5 o'clock Sunday morning.

"Assistant Commissioner for Police Operations, Wilfred Akao. said so far only one has been recaptured.

"He said police have mounted a special operation to look for the escaped men.

"Meanwhile Mr. Akao had appealed to the public to assist with the police investigation.

"He advised residents that the escaped inmates are dangerous and therefore should be approached with caution.

"Commissioner Akao revealed that police investigators are working on the suspicion that the fourteen men escaped with help from inside.

"He said administration problems in the prison are also being considered a contributing factor.

"The mass escape is the second in two years.

"Dorothy Wickham, Radio Australia, Honiara."

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