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100 Armed Men Storm Philippines Prison, Dozens Freed

Published on 18 Jul 2019 / In News & Politics

After an armed raid led to a mass prison escape, the manhunt for escapees continues.
According to Xavier Solda, the spokesman for the Philippines Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, as many as 158 inmates fled the North Cotabato District Jail in Kidapawan City in the southern Philippines early Wednesday after armed men attacked the compound.
He said at around 1:15 a.m. local time more than 100 armed men attacked the facility. A firefight lasted two hours, killing one jail officer and injuring another.
Solda said the inmates escaped through the back portion of the jail as the firefight raged. He told CNN, fourteen men have since been apprehended. Six have been killed. Two inmates have voluntarily surrendered.

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