Lae Metropolitan Police Commander Anthony Wagambie Junior told PNG Loop a large number of prisoners, most likely remandees, attacked and wounded duty guards before escaping.
Wagambie confirmed this afternoon that 11 prisoners have been shot and killed with 17 wounded and recaptured.
Wagambie is currently on site seeingaa the dead are being moved to Angau Hospital.
Acting Commanding Officer Judy TaraBuimo alerted police who were called to assist CS members pursue prisoners on foot whilst police units cordoned off the escape routes and made their (Police) way inward on foot.
The exact number that escaped is not confirmed.
Jail Commander is supervising a head count at present .
Police will await CS to confirm number and identity of escapees.
Meantime, Wagambie warned the general public to be cautious when moving and take necessary precautions.
He anticipates a rise in criminal activities in the city with the large number of escapees on the run and further warns people not to harbor these escapees.
Wagambie says that if the public are caught harboring escapees they will be arrested and charged accordingly.