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 philstar.com, 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.