'Islamists' free hundreds of inmates in Nigerian jail attack
Suspected members of an Islamist sect have freed hundreds of inmates in an attack on a prison in northern Nigeria that led to a fierce gun battle with authorities, officials said yesterday.
Authorities said more than 700 inmates escaped in the Tuesday night attack, including all 150 alleged sect members being held there. The sect blamed for the attack, Boko Haram, had launched an uprising in Nigeria's north last year.
Bauchi state police commissioner Danlami Yar'Adua reported four people killed, including a soldier, a police officer and two residents.