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By Nikints Tiptip

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, July 6) -- A prison escapee from Kubalia, East Sepik was shot dead, another had his leg amputated and three others recaptured, police in Wewak confirmed yesterday.

Twenty other people have been arrested for various crimes in the province in the recent past.

The dead escapee was a man aged between 20 to 22 years old who had escaped from Boram prison and was wanted for major robberies in the province including several Sepik Highway hold-ups, Mr Kabilo said.

His body is now at the Boram hospital morgue.

Kabilo said the other escapee (named) about 22 years old of Morobe and Madang parentage was shot in the leg and had one of his legs amputated. He has been admitted to the Boram Hospital. He had escaped from Buimo jail in Morobe

Two others were escapees from the Buimo jail, while the fifth had escaped from the Bui/Iebi jail in Mendi, Southern Highlands. All three were sent back to their respective prisons.

Kabilo has called on the remaining escapees to "surrender or face the bullets."

During the police operation, some stolen goods were recovered and returned to respective owners.

Last week criminals attacked Dr. Graham Leach at Sea View Hotel, chopped his arm before taking his car. That incident and the recent upsurge in crime led the community to hold a peace march to show their frustration.

Victims of those criminals include Windjammer Hotel, Garamut Gold Pan shop, Wewak 99, Kaindi Teachers College, Yarapos Girls Secondary School, George Seeto, Boram General Hospital, Bishop Leo Secondary School, Homing Seeto and a few individuals, Kabilo reported.

Police have also recovered a point 38 police issued pistol, two factory-made shot guns, three pop guns supposedly brought in from Jayapura and 10 home-made guns and pistols.

Kabilo called on the East Sepik provincial government to address settlement issues because there were many unemployed people that made money by harboring criminals.

July 7, 2004

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