Five inmates attempted to escape from Stung Treng provincial prison on Saturday afternoon after breaking an exit gate, but were caught before making it off the premises when security guards started firing warning shots into the air.
Chhim Thida, the prison director, said the five inmates attempted to escape while security guards were not paying close attention during shower hours.
“They ran out from the prison at 2.45pm, but they were still on the premises of the prison,” he said. “They took their chance to make an escape when we let them have a bath.
“There were a total of five inmates. All of them were Laos who had committed drug related offences. Three of them were already convicted, while the other two inmates are still awaiting trial.”
During the operation to capture the inmates, Mr Thida said security guards were forced to fire warning shots into the air to prevent them from continuing their run to freedom.
Full story in Monday’s paper.