Armed men free 158 detainees from Philippine jail

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Baku, January 4, AZERTAC

Armed men stormed the North Cotabato provincial jail in Kidapawan City, Philippines, at midnight Tuesday and set free 158 detainees after an hour-long firefight with guards, the third in just a decade, according to, a Philippine news portal.

Superintendent Peter Bungat, provincial jail warden, said the attack began with a power outage that plunged the facility into darkness, followed by heavy gunfire aimed at the buildings inside its fenced compound.

Bungat said one of his subordinates, Jail Officer 1 Hexel Rey Desibo, was killed in the ensuing encounter with the gunmen who attacked from the rear of the jail compound.

“It was not a jailbreak. It was a planned rescue of certain detainees,” he said.

An inmate initially identified only as Jarao was wounded in the crossfire. He was immediately rushed to a hospital by responding barangay officials and policemen.

The jail, also known as the Cotabato District Jail, is located inside the provincial capitol compound in Barangay Amas in Kidapawan City, a short distance from the provincial police office.

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