Riot squad deployed on mass breakout of asylum seekers

REFUGEE advocates and a doctor on Manus Island say asylum seekers have escaped from the Papua New Guinea detention centre.

Health workers at the Manus Island detention centre told a local doctor there has been a "mass breakout".

They told the doctor to prepare for casualties, but Dr Otto Numan says no injured asylum seekers or guards have been brought to the hospital.

The Australian-based Refugee Action Coalition put out a statement on Sunday night saying protests at the centre had escalated earlier that day.

The group says a fence was knocked down in the early evening and a riot squad deployed.

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