Gunmen free 119 inmates in Nigerian prison break

Reuters, Friday 17 Feb 2012

Gunmen stormed a prison in Kogi state in central Nigeria, killing one warden and freeing 119 prisoners, the prison authorities said on Thursday.

"The invaders came at about 7.15 pm (1815 GMT) yesterday and we suspected they used explosives to bring down the gate of the prison and the roof of the gate and thereafter set free 119 inmates," said prison authorities spokesman Hadiza Aminu.

Islamist sect Boko Haram, which has killed hundreds in bomb and gun attacks this year, was behind a prison break in northern Bauchi state in 2010 when around 700 prisoners were freed. (Reporting by Camillus Eboh; Writing by Joe Brock; Editing by Louise Ireland)

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