More Than 150 Inmates Escape In Philippine Jail Raid
KIDAPAWAN, Philippines, Jan 4, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 04th Jan, 2017 ) - More than 150 inmates of a southern Philippine jail escaped when suspected rebels stormed the dilapidated facility in a pre-dawn raid on Wednesday, killing one guard, authorities said.
The attack added to a long history of daring jailbreaks in the strife-torn south, home to a decades-old separatist insurgency as well as extremist gangs. A two-hour long firefight broke out when more than 100 armed men believed to have been led by a local rebel commander attacked the jail in Kidapawan city at about 1:00am, jail authorities said.
At least 158 prisoners had escaped, Bonggat told AFP, although it was unclear how many of those were linked to the attackers or were just other inmates who took advantage of the chaos.
"The (inmates) took chances because of the volume of fire... they used their bedding, piled them on top of each other to escape," Bonggat said. Bonggat said the jail, which housed 1,511 inmates, lacked guards and was a dilapidated former school building located in a forested, secluded area.