MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) -- Nicaraguan authorities say five police officers were shot dead over the weekend in the country's southeastern Caribbean jungle.
A National Police statement issued late Sunday says the officers were killed the previous day in a town in the Punta Gorda region after they captured a suspected member of a criminal gang.
It says other gang members attacked the patrol to free their comrade while he was being transported.
One of the officers killed was a local police chief.
Police and army troops are looking for the gang.