Armed attackers frees hundreds of inmates in Nigeria prison raid

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Armed attackers have raided a prison near the capital of Nigeria, where residents reported hearing several explosions.
The Kuje Medium Security Custodial Centre on the outskirts of Abuja came under attack late on Tuesday, Authorities said.Hundreds of inmates were freed and at least four prisoners and a security officer were killed.
The attack happened just hours after the president’s security convoy was ambushed.
Shuaib Belgore, permanent secretary at the interior ministry, told journalists outside the prison – which has 900 inmates – that a security officer was killed during the raid and three others were injured.
He said suspected Boko Haram attackers came for members held in the prison.
He added that more than 600 inmates had fled but half had been recaptured and a manhunt was continuing.

Al Jazeera’s Fidelis Mbah reports from Abuja, Nigeria.

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