Boko Haram attacks Kuje Maximum Security Prison in Nigeria; 300 Inmates At Large

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Boko Haram attacked the Kuje maximum security prison in Nigeria and freed nearly 1,000 inmates including 64 Boko Haram extremist group inmates on Wednesday. Explosions and gunfires were exchanged. The attackers went through the hole from the blasts and freed the inmates.

Some recaptured inmates lay on the ground by the prison entrance near the bodies of those who died in the attack. Although many have been recaptured and turned into the police, at least 300 inmates are still missing.

The Abuja jailbreak occurred around the same time when the gunmen launched a daring attack on an advancing security convoy preparing for the visit of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari in the northwest Katsina state. Those attackers “opened fire on the convoy from ambush positions but were repelled by the military,” a presidential spokesman said.

Boko Haram, the extremist insurgency in Nigeria is accountable for much of the violence including kidnapping high schoolers along with more than 35,000 death and displacing more than 2 million people.

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