Sunday, February 19, 2012

Federal prison stormed in Nigeria

Unidentified attackers bomb their way into state-run jail in Kogi, killing one guard and freeing more than 100 inmates.

Attackers have stormed a federal prison in Nigeria with heavy gunfire and explosives, killing one guard and freeing at least 119 inmates in a new assault, according to officials.

The details of the prison attack in Koton-Karifi, a town in Kogi state, just south of Nigeria's central capital Abuja, were announced on Thursday.

According to Kayode Odeyemi, a Nigeria Prisons Service spokesman, the men attacked just after 7pm local time on Wednesday, fighting through the prison gate and killing one guard in the process.

Al Jazeera's Yvonne Ndege, reporting from Abuja, quoted witnesses as describing the attackers as heavily armed and riding motorbikes.

"Witnesses said the group basically bombed its way into the prison, creating a scene of complete carnage. In the ensuing chaos, between 100 and 200 prisoners escaped," she said.

Investigation launched

The government said an investigation into the attack had begun. Read More