by Tolu Orekoya
Reuters is reporting a prison break in Damaturu, Yobe, freeing the prisoners from the prisons, in a bold attack on Sunday.
According to said Patrick Egbuniwe, Yobe State police commissioner, “There was an attack on the Yobe prison this morning, the Boko Haram sect attacked the prison through the Emir palace, 40 inmates escaped.
“They attacked with rifles, the police and the joint task force confronted them and the Boko Haram members that were shot were carried away by the sect.”
The police commissioner also reported that two of the sect members were killed during the attack and several police ment wer injured.
Damaturu has been the scene of intense battles between Nigerian security forces and the terrorist sect recently, and Boko Haram has stepped up its attacks on churches in recent weeks, causing a series of retaliatory attacks by Christian groups.
This is not the first prison break attributed to the sect. In February 119 prisoners escaped from Koton-Karifi in Kogi State, and their most successive attack released 700 inmates in Bauchi.
Source: Reuters, Associated Press (AP)