16 February 2012
Armed men have broken into a jail in
using bombs and heavy gunfire, freeing 119 inmates, officials say. Nigeria
A prison service spokeswoman told the BBC the armed men killed a jail officer during the attack, in the central Kogi state, on Wednesday evening.
Most of the prisoners were awaiting trial and none were high-profile detainees, according to officials.
Islamist militant group Boko Haram later said it carried out the attack, freeing seven of its members.
The group has carried out similar jailbreaks before, including a massive 2010 attack on a prison further north in Bauchi state.