Hundreds Escape in Massive Nigeria Jailbreak

Members of an Islamist militant sect attacked a jail in northern city of Bauchi in Nigeria on Tuesday, allowing more than 700 inmates to escape and killing at least four people, including two civilians.

Police said heavily armed members of the Boko Haram militant sect fired at the prison gate before they entered the jail and started breaking locks and setting some parts of the prison on fire. Police commissioner Danlami Yar-Adua said in an interview with AFP that 732 prisoners escaped, around 150 of them members of Boko Haram.

The Boko Haram is accused of sowing violence in Africa’s most populous nation. Last year, more than 700 people were killed when members of the sect attacked police stations and residential homes. The group is pushing for the implementation of Sharia law in the country, especially in the Muslim-dominated north.

The attack comes days after the military announced that it would conduct joint patrol with police in the neighboring city of Maiduguri in a bid to prevent escalation of violence similar to what happened last year.