Jayapura District Police Head Adjunct Senior Commissioner Victor Mackhon told ANTARA here on Sunday that he had earlier received report that 25 inmates from the prison had escaped.
After conducting an investigation, police found that 31 prisoners have fled on Sunday morning at 10 a.m local time, he said.
They broke the jail`s Cenderawasih 1.1 block by knocking the trellis of the room ventilation and used the trellis as a ladder to climb the jail`s wall.
"The total number of prisoners who escaped was 31, two of which had been recaptured. The other 29 are still hunted by the police and prison officials," he said.
Reported by Musa Abubakar