Thursday, February 16, 2012

Nigeria jailbreak: Boko Haram claims Kogi prison attack

16 February 2012

Armed men have broken into a jail in Nigeria using bombs and heavy gunfire, freeing 119 inmates, officials say.

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.

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