Prison's Commissioner resigns

Samoa's prisons commissioner resigns after mass prison breakout

Commissioner TaitosauńĀ Edward Winterstein said inmates ambushed the prison guards and assaulted them, leaving one in a critical condition.

Mr Winterstein told a news conference the five guards were overpowered by 36 inmates.

Earlier, it was reported that 29 had escaped but the news conference was told it was 36.

The guards received a range of injuries, and were treated at the Motootua hospital.

The prisoners then damaged the administration block, switched off communications and the power supply, and fled into the night.