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Two US prison guards killed as inmates escape

Authorities in Georgia have identified two prison guards they say were killed by inmates who escaped during a bus transport.

The Georgia Department of Corrections identified the guards as Christopher Monica and Curtis Billue, both officers at Baldwin State Prison.

Authorities are searching for two inmates, 43-year-old Donnie Russell Rowe and 24-year-old Ricky Dubose. They are believed to have fled in a "grass green", four-door Honda Civic.

The agency is urging people not to approach the men and to call 911 if they spot the pair.

Putnam County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Teresa Slade says the escape and killings happened on Tuesday morning on Highway 16 in Putnam County as inmates were being transported between facilities.

US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein condemned the killings. He said: "An attack on any American law enforcement officer is an attack on every American law enforcement officer and the principles we all believe in."

Mr Rosenstein said federal resources are being committed to help catch the fugitives.

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