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800 prisoners escape after attack on Dem. Rep. of Congo prison Updated: 2022-08-11 09:04:15 KST

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo there's been an attack on a prison.
Dozens of armed militants attacked a prison in the city of Butembo on Wednesday and freed over 800 prisoners.
Five people were killed in the jailbreak, including two police officers.
Local authorities say at least 80 individuals stormed the prison during a prisoner transfer, leaving only 58 inmates of the original 874 behind.
A spokesperson for the DRC army blamed a militant group called the Allied Democratic Forces for the attack, saying that the rebels struck after learning female prisoners affiliated with them would be transferred.
The armed group has been active in eastern Congo since the 1990s and is known to have ties to Islamic State.
It's also responsible for a number of massacres and previously staged a prison break in 2020, freeing over 1,300 inmates.
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