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Terrorists Attack Kuje Prisons, Free Criminals

Fighters for Boko Haram have taken over the prisons in Kuje, an outlying area of Abuja, releasing hardened criminals into the nation’s capital.

According to a senior government official, the militants seized the site at around 10:00 p.m., setting off explosives and firing live ammunition at state agents who were defending it.

“Suspected Boko Haram attackers have just seized the prisons from our control,” an official said to the Peoples Gazette. “They have destroyed the prison and we don’t know what they plan to do next.” 

The officer was unable to quickly go into further detail regarding the tumultuous situation at the prison, which is home to suspects like former police chief Abba Kyari and notorious terrorist leaders.

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“All major, biggest terrorists, armed robbers and kidnappers have escaped,” a top security source told The Gazette.

Residents of the region have reportedly reported hearing loud noises that they believe to be gunshots and explosions.

According to our reports, when the attackers arrived in “over 1,000 motorcycles,” soldiers and other security employees near the complex apparently fled.

A second jail source informed The Gazette that some high-profile suspects remained inside during the roughly three-hour siege.

“Abba Kyari, Farouk Lawan and other white-collar detainees are still here,” a top prison source said. “But most of the violent criminals and terrorists have been released.”

Requests for more information regarding the event late Tuesday were not immediately answered by a spokeswoman for the Nigerian Correctional Service or the FCT police.

President Muhammadu Buhari and his security chiefs are under constant threat as a result of the incident. The president’s convoy was attacked in his native Katsina state earlier on Tuesday, according to the administration.

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Fighters for Boko Haram have taken over the prisons in Kuje, an outlying area of Abuja, releasing hardened criminals into the nation’s capital.

According to a senior government official, the militants seized the site at around 10:00 p.m., setting off explosives and firing live ammunition at state agents who were defending it.

“Suspected Boko Haram attackers have just seized the prisons from our control,” an official said to the Peoples Gazette. “They have destroyed the prison and we don’t know what they plan to do next.” 

The officer was unable to quickly go into further detail regarding the tumultuous situation at the prison, which is home to suspects like former police chief Abba Kyari and notorious terrorist leaders.

READ MORE: OPEC Secretary-General, Barkindo, Is Dead

“All major, biggest terrorists, armed robbers and kidnappers have escaped,” a top security source told The Gazette.

Residents of the region have reportedly reported hearing loud noises that they believe to be gunshots and explosions.

According to our reports, when the attackers arrived in “over 1,000 motorcycles,” soldiers and other security employees near the complex apparently fled.

A second jail source informed The Gazette that some high-profile suspects remained inside during the roughly three-hour siege.

“Abba Kyari, Farouk Lawan and other white-collar detainees are still here,” a top prison source said. “But most of the violent criminals and terrorists have been released.”

Requests for more information regarding the event late Tuesday were not immediately answered by a spokeswoman for the Nigerian Correctional Service or the FCT police.

President Muhammadu Buhari and his security chiefs are under constant threat as a result of the incident. The president’s convoy was attacked in his native Katsina state earlier on Tuesday, according to the administration.

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