Militants armed with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades launched some coordinated attacks overnight in southeastern Nigeria, targeting a prison where a lot more than 1,800 inmates then managed to escape, authorities said Mon.
The attacks started around 2 a.m. in the town of Owerri in Imo talk about and lasted for approximately two hours, according to regional resident Uche Okafor. Gunmen also assaulted various other law enforcement and military buildings, authorities explained. "Efforts are in top gear to re-arrest the fleeing detainees," said Nigeria prison spokesman Francis Enobore, adding that 35 various other inmates stayed behind during the prison break.
The coordinated attacks come less than two weeks after another wave of violence in southeastern Nigeria, when at least twelve security officers were killed during attacks on four police stations, military checkpoints and prison vehicles. There is no immediate case of responsibility but the Nigeria inspector general of law enforcement blamed a paramilitary wing of a secessionist movement mixed up in region referred to as the Eastern Security Network.
The ESN has said it really is fighting for the protection of the Igbo persons from foreign armed invaders killing their people. Law enforcement explained the militants were heavily armed with machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades and improvised explosive devices through the overnight violence."The attempt by the attackers to get access to the police armory at the headquarters was totally and appropriately resisted," a police assertion said.