There was a break out Buimo CS in Lae just before lunch on Friday (12 May).
An officer on the ground confirmed this and said the detainees broke out from the male detainee compound.
It is not confirmed how many prisoners broke out and escaped but the CS officer said some were captured and the total number of escapees will be disclosed at a later date.
Police and CS personnel are searching the vicinity near Buimo for the escapees at Drai Wara.
The CS Commander could not be reached.