600 Inmates Escape after Jihadis Attacked Nigerian Prison

At least 600 inmates have escaped prison in Abuja in Nigeria after a terrorist attack.

Shuaib Belgore, Permanent Secretary of Nigeria’s Ministry of Interior, said the Boko Haram rebels attacked the Kuje Correctional Center in Abuja at around 10 PM with “very high-grade explosives,” killing one guard on duty.

“We understand they are Boko Haram. They came specifically for their co-conspirators,” said Belgore.

Maj. Gen Bashir Salihi Magashi, Nigeria’s Minister of Defense, said the Kuje maximum security prison had nearly 1,000 inmates, including 64 from the Boko Haram extremist group, all of whom have escaped.

Belgore said about 300 inmates have either been recaptured or turned themselves in.

“Many of them have returned, some were retrieved from the bushes they were hiding. Right now, we have retrieved about 300 out of about 600 that got out of the jail,” Belgore said.

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