Philippine Muslim stage mass jailbreak

Marawi (Philippines)—Muslim who support the Islamic State group staged a daring jailbreak in the southern Philippines, freeing 23 detainees in the latest in a series of mass escapes, officials said Sunday.
About 50 heavily armed members of the Maute group raided the local jail in the southern city of Marawi on Mindanao island on Saturday and freed eight comrades who were arrested barely a week ago, police said.
Fifteen other detainees, held for other serious offences, also escaped in the raid, said provincial jail warden Acmad Tabao. Police earlier said that 28 inmates escaped but Tabao clarified the figure.
In a report Tabao said two women came to the prison gate, asking the guard to take delivery of some food for the detainees. When the guard opened the gate, hooded men forced their way into the compound.
They overwhelmed the guards, forcing them to their knees and taking two rifles before freeing the inmates.
The hooded men shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is great) before fleeing in a prison vehicle to a nearby lake.—AFP

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