Philippines jailbreak: 34 of 158 inmates recaptured

The jail held 1,511 inmates, including rebels facing murder charges for a series of bombings in the province. It was the third attack on the provincial jail facility since 2007.

By: AP | Manila | Published: January 5, 2017 2:42 pm
Philippines jail break, Phillipines Inmates jail breakout, Jial break out in Philippines, Philippines news, World news, National news, India news, National news, In one of the largest jailbreaks in recent years, nearly 160 inmates escaped after suspected Muslim rebels attacked the jail before dawn Wednesday killing at least six people as pursuing government forces traded fire with gunmen, officials said. (AP Photo)

Philippine security forces have recaptured 34 out of 158 inmates who escaped after heavily armed Muslim rebels stormed a jail in the country’s south. Police say five inmates, one guard and one village official have been killed in pursuit operations.

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The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology said today the 34 inmates have been recaptured since the rebels on Wednesday attacked the North Cotabato District Jail in Kidapawan and facilitated what officials say was the biggest jailbreak in the country. Kidapawan is about 930 kilometers southeast of the capital Manila.

The jail held 1,511 inmates, including rebels facing murder charges for a series of bombings in the province. It was the third attack on the provincial jail facility since 2007.

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