Sunday, June 24, 2012

40 prison inmates escape as gunmen attack prison in Damaturu, Nigeria

The Police in Damaturu have confirmed the attack by armed gunmen on a satellite prison in Damaturu where 40 inmates were set free.

Yobe state Commissioner of Police Patrick Egbuniwe told reporters in Damaturu on Sunday: "Yes there was a jail break in the early hours of this morning (Sunday 24/06/2012) which was assisted by some armed gunmen suspected to be members of Boko Harama sect.

"The armed gunmen freed 40 prisoners, killed one prisoner and one prison warder was injured in the process.

"Our men arrived at the scene and fought to re arrest some prisoners and arrest the attackers but at the moment, no prisoner is re arrested nor any arrest made.

"Some of the gunmen were killed but their members carted away with their bodies," the Commissioner Police informed.

Commissioner of Police Mr. Egbuniwe disclosed that a combined team of the Police and Army are after the attackers whom he said are being traced to Bundigari and Pawari wards of Damaturu the state capital.

Leadership Newspaper recalls that Sunday's attack on a prison facility is the second with the first at Damagum satellite prison in Fune Local Government where 14 inmates were freed.


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