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Police Round Up 102 Prisoners After Breakout

August 17, 1986

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (AP) _ Police have recaptured 102 of the 141 inmates who broke out of the central prison in this South Pacific island nation, Australian Associated Press reported Sunday.

The AAP said police in Honiara, capital of the Solomon Islands, were confident they would round up the convicts still at large.

It said the breakout occurred early Saturday when prisoners tricked a guard into believing an inmate was seriously ill, overpowered the guard and took his keys.

The inmates unlocked fellow prisoners and cut through a fence to escape.

The prison, which is next to police headquarters, tightened security in February after two similar breakouts last year.

The Solomon Islands, about 1,100 miles northeast of Australia, gained independence from Britain in 1978.